Thacher SchmidThacher Schmid is a freelance journalist/writer and musician whose life is a tale of two cities: Portland, Ore. and Milwaukee, Wis.

A father, husband and longtime reporter covering and advocate for poor and marginalized human beings, Schmid has been fortunate to have a few strange and wondrous experiences, and is excited for what’s next.

He was the first male to work in the Feminist Majority’s D.C. office. He played for the Ultimate Frisbee Team that finished #3 in the nation at the college level, rocked Hava Nagila for a chair-borne bride at a Jewish wedding. He’s written for Black and Latino community media—including in Spanish, which he speaks fluently. He’s seen the Mayan pyramids at Chichen Itza, Tulum, Palenque and Tikal — and thought he might die in La Libertad, El Salvador. He’s performed for audiences of 2,500 and recorded with some people whose music is loved worldwide.

He loves the digital rivers of the Interwebs as much as dead trees and the tattered 1936 copy of Ferdinand the Bull he reads to his kids.

His love for writing started as a paperboy, waking at dawn to deliver fresh ink. His love of violin, viola and mandolin started as a child, at folk festival open mics and in classical orchestras, and was nurtured by a saxophone player and violinist who taught him a few things about improvising.