Lawson - Writer - Puerto Montt, Los Lagos Region, Chile

Judith Lawson

Puerto Montt, Los Lagos Region, Chile


Not many women have the breadth and depth of experience I've logged at sea and on land l or
count among their hobbies "resurrection." (as in the Daniel Craig/Javier Bardem cameo in Skyfall).
Raised by wolves, educated for the diplomatic service, I threw over wage slavery to go sailing and see the world. Hand picked in 1967 to be The Washington Post's sailing writer and outdoors columnist I was there during the paper's halcyon years -- the Watergate investigation, learning by osmosis how to follow the money and spy unprofessionally while covering the world's major
yacht racing events for WAPO, The (London) Daily Telegraph and The Toronto Globe & Mail. I edited and wrote for two small newspapers in Annapolis, MD, and one in Santa Fe, NM which was shall we say provocative (The New Mexico Broadside). I've jumped in over my head many times. The NM Broadside was far and away the most dangerous jump, moving me squarely into the uncensored investigative reporting that's always been my first calling. Mano y mano our tiny little paper confronted the massive corporate powers that run Los Alamos National Laboratory, aka the heart of the global nuclear weapons industry. Retreating bloody and shocked, I moved back to Maine to once again educate and inform readers about climate change, GMOs, pollution and other less explosive subjects and in 2013 organize a major event for In September 2014, I was a part of the Peoples' Climate March. I am now in Chile writing a book.




Interviews, profiles, analysis and commentary, straight reporting, investigative
reporting, essays -- the skills of an old school journalist. Have free lanced and worked on contract in the main, with the exception of 7 years with the WAPO.

Work History

Watch Officer

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School

May 1979 - June 1993

Becoming a senior watch officer in HIOBS sea program was one of the best experiences of my life. Please see Outward Bound's websites for details of these famous character and skill building programs. I also trained a number of others
to become watch officer instructors and spent two months with the New Zealand
Outward Bound School as an exchange instructor and a month as guest navigation
officer on one of New Zealand's sailing training ships.

Outdoors Columnist

The Washington Post

I contributed a weekly outdoors column and news articles to the sports section of The WaPo from 1968 through l976. My subjects were mostly sailing, back country and cross country skiing, kayaking and hiking. The column was well received by
readers. Reports on major world events such as the America's Cup were run on
the front page as well as in sports and financial sections.



How fine and normal it would be to list work I've published since shutting down The New Mexico Broadside in 2012, but the truth is I've been focused on surviving the disastrous consequences of that venture.
Woe to she who has taken on the powers that be ...

Literate Journalism

From many years of writing for sailing, sking, outdoors and health magazines I've developed a bright conversational style that still preserves literate useage and grammar. My work is enriched by an extensive vocabulary and years of foreign travel on both land and by sea as well as a life long love of books and
reading. At the age of seven I printed my first newspaper for a beloved
grandfather who devoured three dailies and encouraged me to forge a career in journalism. My work has appeared in several great newspapers including The NY Times, The Washington Post, The London Daily Telegraph and The Toronto Globe & Mail. Their high standards and tremendous circulation secured for me a
niche in the intense, romantic world of print journalism in the twentieth century and inspired me to found and edit a small muckraking "broadside" in Santa Fe, NM, The dangers inherent in running sharp, investigative stories notwithstanding, I kept the paper going for six months until forced to shut down.

Qualifications & Certifications

The Art of Non-ficton

The Art of Non-ficton



Palm Beach Private School


Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

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