Remember the movie Blame it on Rio? The same phrase applies to Andy Hahn's outdoor writing career. Andy grew up on the outer edge of Pittsburgh's suburbia, where he could step out the back door to hunt, fish and run a trapline.
He met a woman named Ligia in graduate school at Temple University, whom he eventually married and moved to her home town of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Andy became fluent in Portuguese and found work as an English teacher, wedding videographer and translator while Ligia taught at the federal university.
In 1991, a twist of fate placed Andy in his orthodontist's office when the doctor's son stopped by. Listening closely as they talked of trolling for sailfish and dorado, Andy somehow wheedled an invitation for their next trip. When the good doctor saw the photos he took that day, he said Andy was welcome aboard his boat any time — as long as he brought his camera. The opportunity allowed him to become the only photographer in Brazil specializing in offshore fishing and landed him a job with a Brazilian magazine.
Andy went on to edit and publish his own fishing magazine out of Rio before moving to Florida upon accepting a position with Sport Fishing magazine in 1998. Since then, Andy's articles and photos have garnered numerous awards. In 2001, Andy moved back to Brazil.
In 2006, Andy was diagnosed with ALS, but he continues to hunt and mentor other disabled hunters through his blog: camotherapy.blogspot.com.