Jim Stanford is a freelance writer, photographer and Snake River boatman who has lived in Jackson since 1992. A native of Long Island and graduate of Duke University, Stanford spent eight and a half years on the staff of the Jackson Hole News / News&Guide, where he held a variety of reporting and editing posts. He is the former editor of Jackson Hole magazine and winner of three dozen state and national press awards.
Stanford was active in Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts in 2006 and ’08 and served as a state delegate for Barack Obama in 2008. He was one of a group of citizens who spoke up earlier this year to defeat a proposal by Mayor Mark Barron to remove stop signs along Snow King Avenue.
Most recently, he was “guy with a Mets sign” exercising his right to free speech alongside anti-choice protesters on the Town Square.
He has organized several community fund-raisers, including a benefit following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and a screening of Michael Franti’s anti-war movie I Know I’m Not Alone in 2008. In 2007, he was one of the organizers of the Jackson Peace Rally that drew more than 400 people in opposition to the Iraq War.
Stanford publishes the blog JH Underground. As a freelance writer, he does a lot of work for community nonprofits, including the Snake River Fund. He has been a supporter of the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, Jackson Hole Community Radio and Friends of Pathways, among other groups. He volunteered as a little league baseball coach in 2005 and ’07 and is a two-time president of the Arbor Place HOA.