Hillary Louise Johnson

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Antioch University
Hiking, Sailboat Racing, International Travel
  • Hillary's earliest memories are of living with her hippie parents on a tugboat moored on an island in the Columbia River.
  • In 2014, she was part of a sailing team that won the women's trophy at Antigua Sailing Week.
  • She is a world traveler and outdoor adventurer who joined the Islands writing team in 2024.


Hillary has earned her living as an author and journalist for the past three decades. As a magazine writer, she has won multiple awards for long-form storytelling. She has been nominated for the City and Regional Magazine Association's award for best profile five years running and has won twice. Hillary loves to immerse herself in other people's words to understand them better, whether shadowing a climate change author on a boat or learning to cast from a master of Tenkara fly fishing.


Hillary studied English and psychology at Antioch University.

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