GERRY BETHGE first joined the magazine as an Associate Editor in 1984; during his 14-year tenure, he served as Senior and Executive Editor, in addition to Editorial Director of the popular Outdoor Life Annuals program. Bethge subsequently became Editor-in-Chief of Harris Publications’ Outdoor Group until being named Executive Editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine in 2006. While he was there, Salt Water Sportsman was nominated for a National Magazine Award for general excellence. He returned to Outdoor Life in 2008, and oversees the magazine’s fishing coverage and the magazine’s website, He holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Fordham University.