It’s a new year and new things are afoot for The Island Wanderer, most importantly, I’m very excited to welcome Kevin Dwyer as a contributing writer to the blog.
Prior to settling on Bainbridge Island, Kevin was somewhat of an “itinerant” journalist, working for newspapers and publications across California, Oregon and the Midwest. In addition, he spent nearly 20 years in the chamber of commerce, tourism and economic development fields in Washington and Oregon, including more than a decade running the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce (2001-2011, and then as interim executive for most of 2020). Prior to that he had a lengthy career as a writer and editor in Seattle, Sacramento, Chicago and Milwaukee, WI. He’s the former editor of the Puget Sound Business Journal and founding editor of Washington CEO, a statewide business monthly that ceased publication in 2004. As a writer, he’s contributed to the Seattle Times, the Kitsap Sun, West Sound Home & Garden, Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine, and many others. Two years ago, he collaborated on a non-fiction book, “Meadowmeer: From Strawberry Fields to Fairways” which is available on Amazon and in local book stores.
Kevin met his beautiful wife, Mary, a retired Bainbridge Island elementary school teacher, in the late 1970s while living and working in Lake Tahoe, CA. They made the move to the island a decade later, raised their daughter, Molly, who still calls Bainbridge her home (along with her husband, Mike and their dog and two cats), and they’ve never looked back. When Kevin’s not working on various writing assignments and developing ideas for fiction and non-fiction novels, he’s out riding his road bike with his buddies from the local “Geezer of Fury” bicycling group, hiking around the island and in the Olympics, playing golf, and playing really bad guitar in the lonely confines of his basement.
Kevin’s love of Bainbridge Island and long-standing connections with our community and surrounding communities will bring an engaging perspective to the blog. Topics he’s interested in exploring will include features on island businesses, community culture, interesting people (from all walks of life), island history, nonprofits, our senior citizen community and experiential articles.