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Tom Stienstra

Tom Stienstra is an American author, outdoorsman and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.[1][2] He has written several guide books for California, the Pacific Northwest and America.[3] He produces a radio feature for KCBS-74/San Francisco[4] He hosted and co-produced a television special for PBS.[5] He has also won national awards.[6] At age 21, he survived a hatchet attack, after which he gained insights into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and gaining fulfillment through the outdoor experience.[9] In 2022, his book '52 Weekend Adventures" was awarded second place in the nation as best outdoor book of the year by the Outdoors Writers Association of America; https://owaa.org/2021-eic-award-winners/. The book is reviewed at the San Francisco Chronicle by Peter Fish here, https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/tom-stienstra-shares-favorite-spots-in-52-weekend-adventures-just-in-time-for-summer-fun. Earlier, he won OWAA's highest Excellence in Craft Award for career achievement; https://owaa.org/eic-winners/. In 2017, he hosted and co-produced, with Jim Schlosser the national television film, "The Mighty T, The Tuolumne River from Glacier to Golden Gate," for KVIE-Sacramento/PBS, which released the film to 352 outlets in the PBS network.[15] It won the Emmy for Health, Science, Environmental Special from the National Academy of Television, and Science. Stienstra has written many books, including many No. 1 bestsellers in their categories. Among them is Moon California Camping, released its 22th edition in spring of 2022, the best-selling and longest running outdoor guidebook series in America [16] and Moon Pacific Northwest Camping, listed in the Portland Oregonian as a No. 1 bestseller.[14] His novel is The Sweet Redemption, An Inspector Korg Mystery. [17]

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