Priit Vesilind

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Priit Vesilind
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Born Priit Juho Vesilind
(1943-01-04) 4 January 1943 (age 74)
Tallinn, Estonia
Occupation Author, photojournalist
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Rima Vesilind

Priit Juho Vesilind (4 January 1943, Tallinn) is an Estonian and American senior writer and photojournalist of National Geographic magazine and an author of nonfiction.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

In 1944, when Vesilind was one and a half, his mother Aino took him and his brother Aarne and fled to Czechoslovakia. The family was fleeing the Soviet occupation of his homeland during World War II.[2] Later, his father Paul Eduard Vesilind rejoined his wife and children and they spent the next five years after the war in displaced persons camps in Geislingen, West Germany.[2] In 1949 the family emigrated to the United States of America. He spent his childhood in Beaver, a small town in Western Pennsylvania. He is a 1964 graduate of the liberal arts college of Colgate University, located in the town of Hamilton in Madison County, New York, earning a BA in English and then an MA in Communications Photography from Syracuse University.[1]


Prior to working for National Geographic, Vesilind served as a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve, stationed at the Naval Communications Station, Hawaii. He was a reporter and editor for the Atlanta Journal, the Syracuse Herald Tribune, and the Providence Journal. Vesilind's career at National Geographic spanned more than thirty years and he rose to the position of the magazine's Expedition's Editor and Senior Writer.[3]

Vesilind currently works as a freelance editor, writer, and photographer and lives with his wife, Rima, in Manassas, Virginia, USA.[1]


In 2004, Former Estonian President Lennart Meri presented Vesilind with the Order of the White Star, Third Class.[3]

Published works[edit]

  • National Geographic on Assignment USA, Publisher: National Geographic Books (1997), ISBN 0-7922-7011-8
  • Horse People, Publisher: Bökforlaget Max Ström, Stockholm (2003), ISBN 91-89204-71-9
  • Eestlane Igas Sadamas—An Estonian in every Port, Publisher: Kirjastus Varrak, Tallinn (2004), ISBN 9985-3-0837-9
  • Lost Gold of the Republic: The Remarkable Quest for the Greatest Shipwreck Treasure of the Civil War Era, Publisher: Shipwreck Heritage Press (2004), ISBN 1-933034-06-8
  • Eesti Aastal 1979—Estonia in the Year 1979, Publisher: Kirjastus Varrak (2006), ISBN 9985-3-1344-5, ISBN 978-9985-3-1344-2
  • The Singing Revolution, Publisher: Varrak Publishers Ltd (2008), ISBN 978-9985-3-1623-8
  • When the Noise Had Ended—Geislingen's DP Children Remember, Publisher: Lakeshore Press (2009), ISBN 978-1-61539-531-6: Co-author Mai Maddisson


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