A wealth of ideas and ideals united those who created Yosemite’s magnificent hotel. From Yosemite: A Storied Landscape, available as an iBook and Kindle ebook.
Smithsonian magazine hired me to write this story about a Native American man named Andrew Callicum who had helped revive the language and culture of his Nuuchalnuth people, and died suddenly and tragically at a young age, taking much that rare knowledge with him. It was a parable of what's happening to so many native languages. I traveled to Andrew's homeland on the northwest edge of Vancouver Island, where I met his brother and sister, and to the Macah home in northwest Washington, where his son went to a school that emphasizes learning the language. The Nuuchalnuth and Macah are closely related by blood and shared traditions. As always, the more you learn, the more complicated it gets.
Review of River of Colour: the India of Raghubir Singh, published in The Mix,Vancouver Sun, May 8, 1999
I spent over six months investigating corruption in the leadership of the Presidio Trust, which administers the San Francisco Presidio national park. The resulting article, published in San Francisco magazine, led immediately to the ouster of the director, and became a finalist for a National Magazine Award.
“Kerry Tremain’s exposé of mismanagement at the Presidio Trust led to a change in leadership at America’s newest national park—giving new hope for the future development of an American treasure.” —American Society of Magazine Editors, National Magazine Awards 2002
“Kudos to Bruce Kelley, editor of San Francisco magazine, and intrepid reporter Kerry Tremain. Kelley and Tremain are up for a National Magazine Award for a terrific piece of reporting, “Trouble in the Presidio,” that ran in December’s issue. This article had impact. The then impresario of the Presidio resigned in utter disgrace after Tremain’s article appeared.” —P.J. Corkery, San Francisco Examiner
“Presidio Trust officials can deny it all they want, but it sure looks as if the latest San Francisco magazine had a big impact. It’s six-month investigation—’How arrogance, mismanagement, and infighting are threatening our new national park’—was barely on the newsstand for three weeks when Jim Meadows, the trust’s controversial director, resigned. [San Francisco] assigned the story to Kerry Tremain, a Berkeley writer and former Mother Jones editor.” —Dan Fost, San Francisco Chronicle
“Now the Presidio has a chance to get it right. The departure of executive director Jim Meadows should give all sides in the debate over the park’s future to reflect on its direction.” —San Francisco Chronicle editorial
A travel piece from a trip to Senegal in 2005
I wrote this essay for the ebook I created, Russian California: Hidden Tales from Fort Ross and Beyond, for the California State Parks Foundation and the Renova Fort Ross Foundation. I also created a hardback version, which added a Russian translation of the text. Available on iTunes.
Essay from Wayne Miller Photographs, 1942-1958
Article for California Magazine based on a trip I took to Yunan.
Article for Sierra magazine on the effects of privatizing park service employees.
Essay on the history and role of photography and painting at Yosemite, published in American Art Review, August 2014.
When 70 California state parks were threatened with closure, the California State Park Foundation asked me to create a documentary web site on the threatened parks. Under a very tight deadline, I created a highly interactive user interface with the webmaster, designed the site, and and researched and wrote 300-word essays for each of the parks.