Charles Wohlforth is the prize-winning author of more than ten books. His work includes writing about science and the environment, politics and history, travel, and as-told-to biography. His frequent column for the Anchorage Daily News in 2019 won the “Best of the West” award as the top general interest column in the western U.S. He has many years of experience in broadcast journalism, as well, as founder and host of several programs on Alaska Public Media radio stations, podcasts, and television. He has lectured widely, in the United States and Europe. He is father of four adult children.
Wohlforth graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1986 before returning home to Alaska to work six years as a newspaper reporter. He became a full-time freelance writer in 1993, publishing articles in The New Republic, Outside, Discover and other periodicals. He served two 3-year terms on the Anchorage Assembly, worked as a political consultant and speechwriter, and led various community groups, including and non-profit organization that brought hundreds of millions of dollars of new support to struggling rural Alaska schools.