About Us

Chesapeake Bay Journeys is published by Chesapeake Media Service to encourage outdoor and heritage tourism in the Chesapeake region. It is intended to help people appreciate the region's natural and cultural resources, and help them launch their own adventures to experience the region’s special places.

Material in the Bay Journeys is copyrighted by Chesapeake Media Service, but may be reproduced as long as Bay Journeys is credited. More information about this topic can be found on our Terms of Use page. Bay Journeys is associated with the Chesapeake Bay Journal.

Publication is supported by grants from the National Park Service, the Campbell Foundation for the Environment, the Sumner T. McKnight Foundation, the Farvue Foundation the Chesapeake Conservancy, reader donations and our advertisers.

Karl Blankenship

Karl Blankenship is editor of the Bay Journal and executive director of Chesapeake Media Service. He has served as editor of the Bay Journal since its inception in 1991, winning numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the 2001 Excellence in Journalism Award from the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation; in 2006 he became the fourth person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Before the Bay Journal, he was a reporter at the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News and the Saginaw (MI) News. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in journalism.

Lara Lutz
Managing Editor and Writer

Lara Lutz has worked as a writer and editor dealing with environmental issues and heritage in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for a variety of organizations and publications since 1995. Lutz is the author of many articles and publications, including Virginia Indians at Werowocomo, which is part of the National Park Service handbook series; Chesapeake's Western Shore: Vintage Vacationland in the local history series by Arcadia Publishing; and Watershed Moments, published by the Chesapeake Bay Trust to highlight local-level stewardship initiatives in Maryland. She holds a B.A. from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from Binghamton University.

David Harp

Dave Harp is the staff photographer for the Bay Journal. He began his career as the staff photographer for the Hagerstown Morning Herald and was later the photographer for The Baltimore Sun Magazine for nearly a decade before establishing his own photography business in 1990. His magazine credits include The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Audubon, Sierra, Natural History, Islands, Travel Holiday, and Coastal Living Magazine. His book credits include Swanfall, Water’s Way: Life Along the Chesapeake, The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey into a Chesapeake Wetland, and The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River. He is a past president of the American Society of Media Photographers.

Rona Kobell
Staff Writer

Rona Kobell is a staff writer for the Bay Journal. She has began her journalism career at The Jerusalem Post, then moved to Washington, D.C., to become a writer and editor for Public Risk, a trade journal. She worked for newspapers in St. Joseph, Mo., and her hometown of Pittsburgh before joining The Baltimore Sun in 2000 where she became its Chesapeake Bay reporter in 2004. Her work has won numerous awards and in 2008, she was selected as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan, where she spent a year studying the use of economic incentives in environmental policy.

Tom Horton
Staff Writer

Tom Horton is a contributing writer and columnist for the Bay Journal. He wrote for the Baltimore Sun on environmental issues from 1972 through 2006, with a five-year time out when he ran education trips on Smith Island and wrote Turning the Tide for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He is author of several books on the Chesapeake Bay, including Bay Country and Island Out of Time and numerous articles for publications that include National Geographic, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He teaches writing and environmental topics at Salisbury University.