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James McCommons

James McCommons has been a journalist for more than twenty-five years and published hundreds of articles in magazines and major newspapers. A former senior editor at Organic Gardening magazine, he specializes in ecology and travel writing. He grew up in a railroad family and has spent thirty-five years riding trains in America. He currently teaches journalism and nature writing at Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula.

In the News

Interview on KCUR's Up to Date with Steve Kraske: Listen Now

Passenger Rail Symposium, Day 1: Hooray for High Speed Rail:

Amtrak pitiful now but there's rail hope: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    James's Books

    Waiting on a Train

    The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service
    A Year Spent Riding Across America

    During the tumultuous year of 2008—when gas prices reached $4 a gallon, Amtrak set ridership records, and a commuter train collided with a freight train in California—journalist James McCommons spent a year on America's trains, talking to the people who ride and work the rails throughout much of the Amtrak system. Organized around these rail journeys, Waiting on a Train is equal parts travel narrative, personal memoir, and investigative journalism.


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