IMG_8291Jon Bell has been writing from his home base in the Portland, Oregon, area since the late 1990s. A freelance writer and copywriter for Portland creative and public relations agency Gard Communications, he has been a business writer for the Portland Business Journal and Portland Tribune, an award-winning reporter and photographer, and a contributing writer to such publications as Backpacker, The Oregonian, Digital Trends, Oregon Business, Cascade Journal, Bank of the West’s Means and Matters, Travel Oregon, The Rowing News, The Home Building News, and The Portland Physician Scribe. His freelance writing and editing includes travel and the outdoors, marketing collateral, web copywriting, business correspondence, sustainability, and all other specialties on this site. He is also the author of the climbing guidebook, Ozone, and in June 2011, Sasquatch Books published his book, On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak. To view some of his work, please visit the Portfolio page.

After growing up in Mansfield, Ohio, Jon got a bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University, then traveled extensively across the American West before landing in Portland. An avid outdoorsman, his first published pieces were about some of his backpacking and climbing excursions in the Northwest. He subsequently broadened his writing experience to include public education, government, business, politics, and people and places of interest for a wide variety of print and online publications.