Outside (magazine)

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Editor-in-Chief Lawrence J. Burke
Frequency Monthly
Total circulation
(June 2012)
First issue September 1977 (1977-September)
Company Mariah Media
Country United States
Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Language English
Website outsideonline.com
ISSN 0278-1433

Outside is an American magazine focused on the outdoors. The first issue was published in September 1977. Its mission statement is:

The mission of Outside magazine is to inspire participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventures, discoveries, environmental issues, health and fitness, gear and apparel, style and culture that define the active lifestyle.

Its founders were Jann Wenner (the first editor in chief), William Randolph Hearst III (its first managing editor), and Jack Ford (an assistant to founding publisher Donald Welsh and a son of former U.S. President Gerald Ford).[2] Wenner sold the magazine to current owner Lawrence J. Burke two years later.[3]

Outside launched the career of Jon Krakauer, Sebastian Junger, and other freelance travel and adventure writers. Though the magazine has tilted toward a more commercial aesthetic in recent years, it has recruited figures from the literary world for freelance assignments. Writers whose work has appeared in Outside include Bob Shacochis, E. Annie Proulx, Daniel Coyle, Bruce Barcott, and Tim Cahill as well as naturalist and author David Quammen. Songwriter David Berkeley also worked for Outside. Christopher Keyes is the current editor.

Effective June 1, 2010, its owner Santa Fe, New Mexico–based Mariah Media launched Outside Television in partnership with Resorts Sports Network, which was rebranded Outside Television.[4]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dougherty, Philip H. (6 May 1977). "Advertising: Outside More Moss for Rolling Stone?". The New York Times. p. 83. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (October 27, 1997). "Outside Magazine Succeeds by Defying Categories". The New York Times. pp. D1, D13. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mariah Media and Resort Sports Network Partner To Launch The Outside Television Network" (Press release). Outside Television. December 7, 2009. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. 

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