Dan Schwartz is an independent journalist based in Colorado. He writes about subjects at the intersection of the environment and the outdoors but fundamentally seeks long-form stories driven by compelling characters, snappy dialogue, and scene-rooted action. His writing has appeared in national outlets such as Outside Magazine, Vice Magazine, and The Virginia Quarterly Review.
Dan is a seasoned reporter with a track record of prying public records from public institutions by leveraging freedom of information laws. Right now, with the help of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Cornell Law School First Amendment Clinic, Dan is suing the Pennsylvania State Police for the release of certain email, text messages, and voicemail. He is also co-reporting an investigative podcast for iHeartRadio that’s about, very broadly, trains.
Dan started his career at daily papers in Alaska, New Mexico, and Vermont, winning awards along the way for unearthing government corruption and bird-dogging environmental regulators reluctant to regulate. He honed his craft in a master’s program at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he landed a fellowship with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and worked part-time as a researcher for Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Dan has an undergraduate degree in outdoor education. Back in the day he dabbled in guiding. He doesn’t guide anymore but he has kept his skills sharp and when he is not writing he may be found outside, depending on the season or topography, backcountry skiing or ice climbing or rock climbing or mountain biking or trail running or swimming or sailing or, to his mother’s chagrin, dirt biking. She’s right to worry. He’s now rehabbing from his second ACL surgery.