Hi. I’m Dan Schwartz, an independent journalist based in the Southwest. I write about the environment and our relationship with it, broadly speaking, but fundamentally I seek long-form stories driven by compelling characters and scene-rooted action because we make meaning of our world best through narrative. My writing has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Vice Magazine, Type Investigations, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and lots of newspapers. Soon, too, Outside Magazine.
I started my career at daily papers in Alaska and New Mexico and Vermont, winning awards 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, an international nonprofit dedicated to improving investigative journalism. In 2019, The Pulitzer Center awarded me a grant to report on an apocalypse fable in the Peruvian Andes and an effort to keep it from coming to pass, and Type Investigations funded my in-depth probe into professors pedaling climate denial.
When I’m not working, I ski and run and climb and sail and swim and fell and buck beetle-killed trees and ride my dirt bike. It’s a Honda. Single cylinder, 650. Torque enough to pull a stump. I am happiest in motion. Brap-brap, baby.