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.
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 Investigative Reporters and Editors. I have an undergraduate degree in outdoor education. I had thought I might be a guide.
When I’m not working, I’m outside. I used to run around a lot, but I’m back into mountain biking, which is lower impact, until you fall. I also ski and climb and weight lift without grunting and swim and brap on my dirt bike, which is a Honda: single cylinder, 649 cubic centimeters. Torque enough to pull a stump. I’m happiest in motion.