Welcome

Thanks for visiting my site, and welcome to the eclectic world of this author, freelance journalist, multiple media storyteller, international private investigator, editor and journalism trainer. Please stay awhile and poke around.

For most of my career, I have been a magazine journalist, with a 13-year career at Newsweek as a Washington correspondent and a roving Rocky Mountain special correspondent. More recently, I have branched out: as a science editor for the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment; as a producer of two video series that show how climate change is already affecting the lives and livelihoods of Americans around the country; and even as a private investigator turning up new leads on a 25-year old unsolved murder in Australia. Life is rarely dull.

In addition, I am the co-founder of The Story Group, an independent, multimedia journalism company formed in 2009.  I am also an author and journalist with 25 years of magazine writing experience, including 13 years with Newsweek and as a freelance contributor to four dozen periodicals, newspapers and online news organizations.

Over the course of my career, I have written for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, Harpers, PARADE, Outside, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Audubon, National Wildlife, Self, Women Outside, Condé Nast Sports for WomenLears, Working Woman, USA Today, Parenting, the Denver Post, Wilderness, Backpacker, Sierra, Snow, Powder, Skiing, Ski, Hooked on the Outdoors, High Country News, Travel-Holiday, Blue, Defenders, Sports Afield, The Nature Conservancy, EcoTraveler, Stanford Magazine, the Times of London, The Weekend Australian MagazineNewsweek Japan, Diversions, Private Clubs, Salon.com, ABCNews.com, The Daily Climate, The Bear Essential, East Bay Express, Mountain Gazette, The San Francisco Examiner, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sonora Union Democrat. I’ve been a commentator or guest on Larry King Live, CBS This Morning, Today, 60 Minutes, Cochran and Grace, the O’Reilly Report, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and other broadcast shows.  I was a producer of a French documentary for Arte on the Colorado River, and associate producer on Jon Benet’s America, a documentary about the media farce surrounding the murder of a 6-year-old girl, commissioned by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and which also aired on the U.S. channel A&E.

This site offers an opportunity for me to introduce visitors to my books, share my magazine work, post some radio pieces, display photographs from around the planet, offer my teaching and public speaking services, and occasionally write essays and blogs about events and observations without having to go through the brain damage of getting an assignment or contract.  Feel free to visit The Story Group as well.

In a kiva in Glen Canyon. Photo by Michael Melford