I’VE BEEN WORKING AS A JOURNALIST SINCE 1987. My stories are narrative, and frequently they aim to tell larger cultural tales—about the refugee crisis, say, or Islamophobia or climate change as they zero in on specific characters. For publications ranging from The Atlantic and The New York Times Magazine to Harper’sWired, Playboy, ESPNRunner’s World, and The Washington Post Magazine, I’ve been lucky enough to go on reporting adventures all over the world.

In reporting my stories, I have kayaked through the concrete drainage ditch that is the Los Angeles River, ridden all-terrain-vehicles with hardened criminals in West Virginia, competed in ski races and a stair climbing competition, searched for fallen meteorites in the Sahara Desert, biked the desolate highways of Mongolia, scrambled through ancient cliff dwellings in Turkey, snuck into Manuel Noriega’s abandoned beach house in Panama, and swum along the coast of California with the world’s premier cold water distance swimmer.

My story on astronauts, “Are We There Yet?,” won the gold medal in the Adventure Travel division of the 2012 Lowell Thomas Awards. Two other pieces of mine have been nominated for a National Magazine Award. My work has also been reprinted in Best American Sports Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and many other anthologies.