Hi. I’m Dan Schwartz, an independent journalist based in the Southwest. I write about a lot of things at the intersections 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 and lots of newspapers. Soon, too, Outside Magazine.
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. 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.
I also teach high school kids journalism on the side and volunteer with my tiny mountain town’s search-and-rescue team. When I’m not working, I ski and run and climb 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.