The Rainshadow Team

Ross Anderson

Writer & Founding Member

Ross Anderson worked 30 years for the Seattle Times, writing about politics, environmental issues, fisheries and Northwest history. He won a number of awards, including a 1990 Pulitzer for coverage of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. He lives near Port Townsend and is a founding member of the Rainshadow Journal journalism collective.

Al Bergstein

Photographer, Webmaster,Videographer

Al Bergstein is an IT professional running Mountainstone Consulting in Port Townsend. Al also creates video productions and plays Brazilian Choro music on mandolin. He has lived in Port Townsend since 1999. Check out Al’s work at :

Joel Rogers

Photojournalist & Founding Member

Joel Rogers is a photographer and author based in Port Townsend. Joel is the author of "The Hidden Coast, Kayak Explorations from Alaska to Mexico", which won the Washington Writers Award in 1992, "Watertrail, the Hidden Path through Puget Sound, British Columbia: Vancouver and Victoria, and Seattle." Joel was one of the founders of the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium. Check out more of his work at :

Barry Mitzman

Writer & Founding Member

Best known in the Pacific Northwest as a Peabody Award-winning TV journalist, Barry Mitzman also has been a staff writer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, professor of strategic communications at Seattle University, director of strategic communications at Microsoft Corp., editor of Seattle Weekly, and a widely published freelance writer. A resident of North Beach in Port Townsend, Barry serves also as a board member of the Jefferson Land Trust and the Fort Worden Foundation.

Allison Arthur

Writer & Founding Member

Allison Arthur spent 13 years as assistant editor to the Port Townsend Leader. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula. View her background on LinkedIn.

Carl Berger

Writer & Photographer

Prior to 35 years wandering about the industrial construction world, Carl Berger spent five years as publisher, editor, reporter, photographer and janitor for a small weekly newspaper in Wyoming. Retired now, he moved to Port Townsend in 2017 and keeps busy tending to his wooden boat, Sockeye, a 45-foot converted Pacific Northwest fishing troller built in 1944.

Karen Sullivan

Writer, Poet

Karen Sullivan is a Port Townsend writer and poet, former ship captain, marine biologist, and spokesperson for a federal agency. She is a member of the Rainshadow Journal collective and is at work on a book.

Peggy Myre

Dan Chasen


Dan Chasen is a Vashon Island writer and lawyer who has written about the environment, science, business, history and politics.

Steven Grace

Writer, Photographer

Stephen Grace is the award-winning author of many books, including "Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future and Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement." His photography has been widely published, and he has worked on two award-winning films. He is a naturalist and shipboard science educator based in Port Townsend and is leading an effort to preserve the Quimper Lost Wilderness, one of the last stands of old-growth rainshadow forest on the Olympic Peninsula. Check out his writing and photography at

Jessica Plumb

Writer, Video Editor

Wanda Fuca


Wanda Fuca writes our prestigious Roundabout items column. Wanda is a literary descendant of Juan, but firmly denies any artistic or genetic link to Mutha Fuca, which we understand is a Hong Kong hip-hop group.