Firing Order: Please Welcome Four Wheeler’s New Staffer, Jered Korfhage!Posted in Features on August 31, 2017
Four Wheeler is excited to announce that Jered Korfhage has joined our team as staff editor!
Originally from the Midwest, Jered grew up near Cleveland, Ohio. He says that he was determined to devote his life to lab work in the environmental science field, and to that end he earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from a university in Ohio before transferring to a university in New Mexico to earn his master’s degree in plant and environmental science. However, after all that, Jered’s career path took an “inverted loop.”
Jered says that the change in career path was actually due to events earlier in life that left a lasting impression. “I blame my grandparents for this. They took me for a weekend road trip to the abandoned mining hills of southeast Ohio and spent hours splashing through the ruts and railroad beds in their precious King Ranch F-250. Not only was I amazed grandpa’s shiny tow rig could handle the ruts and hillclimbs, but I witnessed the Jeeps, buggies, and dirt bikes tearing through the trails. Something about the two-stroke smoke and roaring engines never quite left me.”
Ten years later Jered was shaking hands with a retired pilot after paying the gent cash for an ’02 Wrangler. Over the next three years, his Jeep not only moved his entire life from Ohio to New Mexico, but also scraped and crawled across more obstacles than he’s proud to admit. He made it his mission to see how much of the Southwest could be wheeled with zero suspension lift and careful tire placement. A consequence of this mission was also learning which parts he could fix in his driveway after class.
Another catalyst for career change happened in Moab, Utah, when he met Rick Péwé, editor of Jp Magazine. Jered says, “I met Rick Péwé last spring before the Easter Jeep Safari while he was on the roadside, bargaining for an old flatfender Willys Jeep. I told him how I was in Moab for research, but planned to squeeze in a lap of Hell’s Revenge in my spare time. I think I remember him chuckling looking at my almost-stock TJ with Ohio plates. As I pulled away from that conversation, I wondered if someday I could instead be there writing a piece about new tires or documenting a trail ride across slickrock.”
Jered applied for the feature editor position at Four Wheeler and the rest is history. Well, actually there’s more to the story. A few days prior to his planned relocation to Los Angeles from New Mexico to start his new job, a drunk driver slammed into his Wrangler. Jered was uninjured, but the Wrangler was a total loss. And this is how Jered ended up with a brand spankin’ new ’17 Wrangler. His Wrangler has an automatic transmission (which he begrudgingly accepts) but he proudly notes that it has manual-crank windows and no air conditioning.
To the table Jered brings a love of four-wheeling, a passion for photography (“I could adjust shutter speed before I learned to send a text message,” he says), and excellent writing skills (among other things he has grant and research writing experience and has written for local newspapers and creative writing competitions).
If you’d like to welcome Jered send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please wish him well and congratulate him for owning an un-air-conditioned Jeep.