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, scene-rooted action, and public records because we process the hard truths of this 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’m presently closing an essay and a print feature for them and was just assigned another long piece.)
I started my career at daily papers in Alaska, 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. My reporting has been funded by Type Investigations and The Pulitzer Center.
When I’m not working, I’m outside. I ski and run and climb and mountain bike and fell and buck beetle-killed trees and brap on my dirt bike. It’s a Honda. Single cylinder, 650. Torque enough to pull a stump. I am happiest in motion.