RYAN WICHELNS // Climber and outdoor-adventure journalist.


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Relevant Experience

Editor-in-Chief, goEast, Eastern Mountain Sports

June 2016 – Present, Saratoga Springs, NY

Responsible for the company’s blog and news site, goEast. Duties include planning content, working with marketing managers to determine content needs, developing story ideas, communicating with internal and external writers, managing payment, editing content, uploading and publishing content to WordPress and managing the day-to-day of the website.

Staff Writer, Outdoor Retailer Daily, SNEWS/Backpacker

August 2016 - Present, Salt Lake City, UT and Denver, CO

Reporter and writer for the biannual Outdoor Retailer Show’s daily magazine, Outdoor Retailer Daily, a product of SNEWS. General purpose reporter, writer, copy editor, etc. 

Project Manager and Social Media Assistant, Eastern Mountain Sports

October 2015 – June 2016, Saratoga Springs, NY

Managed the company’s internal MyAdventures program to receive content from employees for use on social media and elsewhere. Marketed the campaign to employees, communicated with stores, received and managed submissions, help choose winners and facilitated payment. Also ran the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

News Editor, The Good 5 Cent Cigar

May 2014 – May 2015

Wrote two articles per week covering breaking news at URI, local and campus affairs, etc., with a focus on investigative and research-intensive stories. Also managed and advised the news staff, assigned stories, edited the section’s copy and assisted with the weekly production of the campus newspaper. Completely redesigned and built RhodyCigar.com (HTML, CSS, WordPress experience) and was responsible for uploading weekly content and managing the website.

Store Guide, Eastern Mountain Sports

November 2013 – August 2016, Saratoga Springs, NY and Warwick, RI

Sales representative on the floor with experience throughout the outdoor recreation industry, customer service, and sales.

Honors & Awards

Arts and Sciences Dean’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Council

October 2014 – May 2015

Journalism Department Representative

Harrington Scholarship

July 2014

Peter Lord Environmental Journalism Scholarship

July 2013

University of Rhode Island Centennial Scholarship

August 2012


University of Rhode Island

Class of 2016

Summa Cum Laude

Major: Journalism

Cumulative GPA: 3.71

Stillwater High School

Class of 2012

Cumulative GPA: 95%