Our Staff

Bill Rogers


Bill Rogers has been host of American Outdoors since 1983. Now America’s longest-running outdoor show, American Outdoors was created nearly 50 years ago by Bill’s father, Archie Rogers, and uncle, Lew Rogers, in Denver. It’s now available to more than 84 million viewers in the United States and Canada.

Over the years, the AO team has seen majestic mountain tops, dived in 35 degree glacial water, and had plenty of close encounters with wildlife. Bill’s favorite part of the journey has been the opportunity to explore the great outdoors with his family — starting with his father and uncle and continuing now with his own children and grandchildren.

And as great as it has already been, the best is yet to come….

Christopher Swainhart


Christopher Swainhart’s first photographic experience was in a darkroom at age 3, quietly watching while his father developed and printed photos. Since then the award-winning cinematographer has filmed all over the world, producing hundreds of commercial film projects for companies worldwide.

Also an orchestral arranger and musician, Chris’s group Queen City Brass is widely known and has been featured on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. The former principal trumpet with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra has played on numerous recordings with the Cincinnati Pops. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

Katie Derrick

Video | Photojournalist

Katie has years of experience and has helped hundreds of clients with their social media needs. She also is an expert web designer, with an emphasis in e-commerce. Katie holds a communications and advertising degree from Brigham Young University.

Matt Rogers

Video | Photojournalist

With Matt, a third generation of Rogers joins the American Outdoors family. He’s starting a career in communications and video journalism.