Dick Shellhorn was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, and has lived there his entire life. After graduating from Cordova High School, he went on to earn a B.S. degree in Science at Oregon State, and a M.Ed degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He taught high school mathematics for 30 years, mostly at Cordova High, where he also coached basketball for several years.
Shellhorn has had numerous photos appear in Alaska Magazine and Alaska Geographic. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for more than forty years, while specializing in features about the history and characters of this small Alaska town in recent years, under the byline Cordova Chronicles.
His piece about “Why do salmon jump?” won the 2016 Alaska Press Club First Place Award for Best Humor in All Media. The 46 year veteran of refereeing and broadcasting basketball all over Alaska was named Cordova Citizen of the Year in 2012, and has also received an Alaska School Activities Association Gold Lifetime Pass Award in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to high school activities.