Meet The Team

John Woodbury

Owner/Publisher

Jill Tillion

Sales and Marketing Director

Melissa DeVaughn

Editor

Melissa DeVaughn is a freelance writer, editor and outdoors writer who has worked in the journalism field for 20-plus years. She has been with Coast magazine since 2013. She enjoys running, coaching track & field, hiking, kayaking and backpacking — all of which is best enjoyed with a cold IPA nearby. She is vice president of USATF-Alaska, the local chapter of USA Track & Field, and head coach of the Chugiak High Track & Field team.

Angel Boga-Woodbury

Team Cheerleading Captain

Christopher Batin

Alaska Angler Columnist

Chris Batin has spent 42 years as a fulltime Alaska outdoor photojournalist while also being editor and publisher of Alaska Angler Publications. He is honored in the book “Alaska’s Greatest Outdoor Legends” for his pioneering work in Alaska fishing as well as being an educator, guide, and author of eight books. He recently won eight first-place, national and regional writing awards, as well as “Best Column in the USA,” by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He currently serves as vice president of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association. When he is not covering Alaska, he travels around the world on assignment, but best enjoys returning home to his spouse Heather, and his outdoor companion, Schnitzy, a miniature Dachshund.

Mark Bly

Trailside Gourmet Columnist

Mark Bly, is known as “The Flying Chef,” representing his two major pastimes. He is a pilot by profession and a chef by passion. He loves to travel the world and experience food from different cultures. He calls Alaska home.

Katie Pesznecker

Après Columnist

Katie Pesznecker moved to Alaska in 2001 to pursue a career in journalism and has written for various Alaska-based publications since that time. Katie writes the Apres column for coast, covering everything from fine dining to dive bars, from international travel to local excursions. She has an English degree from Oregon State University and is currently pursuing a masters at Alaska Pacific University. In her spare time, Kate is President of the Food Bank of Alaska Board of Directors, volunteers for other local organizations, and loves traveling, reading, and cooking.

Deb McGhan

Safety Matters Columnist

Debra McGhan is a life-long Alaskan and freelance writer who has been writing for numerous publications since 1985. She is currently the Executive Director of the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and dedicated to helping others enjoy the great state of Alaska safely.

Mike Halko

Running Wild

Mike Halko is a runner, triathlete, race director and coach. He ran his first marathon in 1977, triathlon in 1981 and trail ultra in 1998. He came to Alaska with the military in 1987 and continued to participate and coach at those distances, qualifying and completing in the Boston Marathon, Hawaii Ironman, and Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run multiple times. As a volunteer he has served as the state representative for the Road Runners Club of America and president of the Anchorage Running Club. His coaching experience includes Team in Training, Valley Women’s and Exceed Running Teams. Halko recently finished five years as race director for the Big Wild Life Runs (2006-2011) and has coached cross country at Dillingham High School.

Rosemary Austin

Single-track Mind Columnist

Rosemary Austin is the author of “Mountain Bike Anchorage.” She is a founder of the Alaska Dirt Divas (formerly a WOMBATS chapter) and served for 10 years on the board of Singletrack Advocates. After working nearly 20 years at Paramount Cycles, she recently left the shop to pursue a career in archives and to continue with her writing.

Laura Emerson

Off the Grid writer

Laura Emerson is an erstwhile city-slicker who, due to her husband's midlife crisis, finds herself living in a log cabin 42 miles from the nearest road. Over the past seven years, she has slowly climbed a steep learning curve, aided equally by online UAF courses and birch sap wine.

Sarah Zerkel

61 Degrees North columnist

Sarah Zerkel is an Alaskan freelance writer, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. She gets her mountain jollies by hiking, skiing, and trail running with her two husky-mix dogs. She also reads any adventure book she can get her hands on and drinks way too much coffee.

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