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Hi. I’m Dan Schwartz, an independent journalist based in Colorado. I write about a lot of things at the intersection of the environment and the outdoors; fundamentally, though, I seek longform stories driven by compelling characters, snappy dialogue, and scene-rooted action because we process the complications of this world best through narrative. My writing has appeared in Outside Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vice Magazine, Type Investigations, and lots of newspapers, and I’ve given talks about my work for The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, where I was a fellow, and Investigative Reporters and Editors, or IRE.

I’m also a seasoned researcher, and I have a track record of prying documents from public agencies using FOIA laws like a crowbar. I’ve done research for investigative journalists, documentary outfits, and national newsrooms, and right now I’m working part-time on two seasons of a forthcoming podcast from iHeartRadio. The job is to obtain certain records from various federal and local law enforcement agencies.

I started my career at daily papers in Alaska, New Mexico, and Vermont, winning awards along the way for dogged reporting, and honed my craft in a master’s program at the Missouri School of Journalism, where I worked part-time as a researcher for IRE. I have an undergraduate degree in outdoor education. I had thought I might be a guide.

When I’m not working, I’m outside.