Kris Thoemke has lived in Florida most of his life. He began fishing and enjoying the outdoors in
the sunshine state in the late 1950s. He has a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in
marine biology. Prior to pursuing a career as a full-time outdoor and environmental
communicator five years ago, Kris was the manager of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine
Research Reserve near Marco Island.
Wanting to share his knowledge about Florida's natural resources with a broad audience, Kris
embarked on a mission to inform people about Florida's outdoors. It began as the host of Florida
Outdoors on WNOG radio in Naples. The talk radio show, now in its ninth year, is a popular
program is now also on WINK radio in Fort Myers.
In 1990 he became the host and, a year later, the co-producer of Exploring Florida, a popular
television series on PBS. He has also worked as the environmental and outdoor editor for the
Fort Myers-Naples ABC television affiliate.
As a writer, Kris has credits in several newspapers including numerous stories in the Naples
Daily News and Marco Island Eagle. His magazine articles and photographs have appeared in
Florida Sportsman, Gulf Coast Angler, Florida Wildlife, Florida Game and Fish and other
publications. His book, Fishing Florida, is the most complete guidebook to fresh and saltwater
angling in the state.
A popular speaker, he is in demand as a speaker at conventions and as a naturalist guide in south Florida. He is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association and has won numerous awards, including the Outdoor Communicator of the Year from the Florida Wildlife Federation.
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