Jay Walljasper brings important stories to life.

An award-winning writer, he has reported from 20 countries  on subjects ranging from urban planning to economic development to the arts. Lively storytelling, deep research, and vivid accessible writing are hallmarks of his work.

Jay brings the same breadth of skills to editing and strategic communications projects. His work as editor of Utne Reader was honored three times with National Magazine Award nominations in the General Excellence category. Here are Jay Walljasper's specialties and services:



Editing + Strategic Communications

Walljasper is the author of The Great Neighborhood Book (2007), All That We Share:A Field Guide to the Commons (2011), How to Design Our World for Happiness (2013) and America’s Walking Renaissance (2016).

He was the editor of Utne Reader  for 15 years, and served as travel editor at Better Homes & Gardens, contributing editor of National Geographic Traveler and executive editor at Netherlands-based Odemagazine. Currently Jay is Urban-Writer-in-Residence at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and Senior Fellow at Project for Public Spaces as well editor of the online Commons Magazine and curator of an e-magazine and website for the  Blue Mountain Center arts community.

He has published articles appearing in National Geographic Traveler, Christian Science MonitorSan Francisco Chronicle, The New Statesman (London), Chicago TribuneThe NationHuffington Post, AARPMidwest Living, McKnight Foundation, Toronto Star, PlanningMother JonesPhiladelphia InquirerNotre Dame MagazineYES! Magazine and Rock & Rap Confidential.

Jay has written stories and documentation for Kresge Foundation, Kaiser-Permanente, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), CEOs for Cities, Mayor's Institute for City Design, Trust for Public Land, People for Bikes, the Democracy Collaborative, Alta Planning + Design, the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation and many others.

He was Director of Strategic Communications at Project for Public Spaces and has been involved in developing publicity, messaging and publishing efforts People For Bikes, America Walks, Blue Mountain Center Arts Community, Rail~volution and other organizations. Jay also offers editing services and coaches individuals and organizations on communications and storytelling, including the National Geographic Society, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, community revitalization guru Dan Burden and PlaceHolder, a design consultancy.

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