Hi. I’m Dan Schwartz, an independent journalist based in southwestern 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, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and lots of newspapers.

I started my career at dailies 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, an international nonprofit dedicated to improving investigative journalism. 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 a lot, but I may be missing the ACL in my right knee. Who knows. I also ski and climb and mountain bike and brap on my dirt bike, which is a Honda, single cylinder, six-hundred-and-forty-nine cubic centimeters. Torque enough to pull a stump. I’m happiest in motion.