Cliff Hauptman is a writer, photographer, and artist. Along with his several books, he has written hundreds of fishing-related articles, which, along with his photographs, have appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Fly Rod & Reel, and a slew of other outdoor magazines.
He has worked in the field of communications as a freelance and in staff positions, including director of communications at Brandeis University. Hauptman’s employment at Brandeis began in the Office of Admissions, where he produced and coordinated print materials for the University’s undergraduate recruitment efforts. Two years later, he became director of publications for the University and editor of the Brandeis Review, now called Brandeis Magazine. During Hauptman’s 12-year tenure, he published thirty-nine issues of the Review and developed a following for his “Dear Reader” column, in which he often deftly segued his knowledge of natural history into a motivation for school pride and alumni support. He and his staff also created numerous, award-winning viewbooks, art catalogs, invitations, marketing and fundraising materials, and the University’s first Web pages.
In 2006, Hauptman became director of communications at The Pike School, an independent school in Andover, Massachusetts, where his wife, Susan, was the lower school reading specialist for thirty-three years. Hauptman and Susan are now retired.
Hauptman’s most recent creative outlet is making mixed-media, digital drawings combined with chalk pastels.