About Us

Bear World Magazine is the leading online magazine targeted 100% at the worldwide gay bear community. Written by bears, for bears! Our aim is to be the one-stop-shop for everything bear. Please comment and share our articles, spread the BWM word! If you need to know anything or have any questions please email us at [email protected]

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Staff & Contributors


Robin Gray – Editor

Robin is proud to be the Editor of the world’s leading online bear magazine and loves sharing news, stories and interviews with bears, cubs, chubs and their admirers from all over the globe!

Richard Jones – CEO

Richard is the CEO of Bear World Media Inc, the parent company of BWM, and was its creator and editor for its first three and half years. He is happy now developing the business in many other directions, and loves coming back to contribute when he can.

Alexander Rodriguez – Entertainment Editor

Alexander is the host of iHeartRadio/Universal Broadcasting Network’s ‘On the Rocks’ Radio Show. He’s the love child of Chelsea Handler, Johnny Carson, Graham Norton and Judy Garland and is addicted to everything entertainment.

Dave Bear – Motoring Editor 

A computer professional by day, Dave knows hardware and software, and loves hopping in a new car to push all the buttons. As a boy growing up in Southern California, he was always finding ways to go faster, from making garage go-karts and souping-up mopeds, to dropping a long-block into a Chevy pickup or going off-road racing with the American Motorcyclist Association District 37. His love of cars and the automotive industry goes back to visits with his father to the LA Auto Show, George Barris Studios and the Peterson Automotive Museum. As a younger man, he also worked for Dollar and Avis Rentals and has driven hundreds of vehicles.

Jonathan Bardzik – Food Writer

Jonathan Bardzik is a DC-based storyteller, cook and author of three books inspired by the fresh, seasonal ingredients he finds in the garden and at farm markets. Self taught, Jonathan seeks to inspire home cooks with the belief that life can and should be lived well, something we can do everyday by preparing and sharing simple, delicious food with those we love. Find over 250 recipes and short stories, Jonathan’s schedule of live appearances and his books at JonathanBardzik.com

Jonathan Shuffield – Love & Life Writer

Jonathan Shuffield is co-host of the Pacific Northwest LGBT talk show OUTSpoken (www.HotMessSunday.com) and a frequent contributor to the Seattle Lesbian and the CCE Sports Network. He uses his over 20 years of advocacy work for the LGBT community to continue the needed conversations for a stronger cultural future. Known for his humor and passion, Jonathan is an out and proud member of the bear community! Growl on!

Juan Boria – Drinks and Cocktails Writer

Juan is originally from Western Massachusetts, attended UMass Amherst and graduated with a hospitality management and tourism degree. He began his bar tending career at the mecca for so many bears Provincetown, where his craft for creating new cocktails came to life. It was whilst in Provincetown that he started to model too, posing for many photographers.

Mike Marcotte – Travel Writer

Mike Marcotte is a television producer and travel writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His passion to please others urged him to write about his trips to make sure travelers have the best vacations ever. Other things he loves: cold press coffee, magnetic wood bow ties and confetti cake.

Peter Valcarcel – Life & Style Editor

New York City based home accessory and interior designer Peter Valcarcel redefines the world of home decor with a classic sensibility and impeccable taste. His work is featured in magazines, television, and museums around the world. Peter’s passion for design and beautiful things is express in his hand made limited edition home accessory lines that include, rugs, throw pillows and his famous limited edition one of a kind porcelain, As a fine art painter, Peter continues to create and paint abstract work inspire but nature and geometric shapes. Peter has been invited to speak as an expert on interior design panel discussions and has appeared on television in the United States and abroad.