Having grown up in the family of a journalist, in a town named by and for a journalist, I guess becoming a journalist was inevitable.
I was born in Greeley, Colo., a town founded in the 1870’s by Nathan Meeker, an editor at Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. Greeley told Meeker to “Go west young man,” and found an experimental utopian society and a newspaper. Of Meeker, the utopia and the paper, only the newspaper survived. My father Paul spent 25 years on the staff of the Greeley Tribune.
My career has taken me from the UFO beat at the Roswell, N.M., Daily Record, to the Sarasota, Fla., Herald-Tribune. In Rio de Janiero I was a correspondent for the National Geographic News Service and a stringer for the Chicago Tribune.
Now I’m a regular contributor to the New York Times. My work has also appeared in Time, U.S. News & World Report, Fortune, Stern, Paris Match, Business Week, Life and National Geographic publications. I’m one of two inaugural recipients of the Ford Environmental Journalism Fellowship, an honor that sent me to Tierra del Fuego to document environmental issues.
I’m also an adjunct (and the only) instructor of photojournalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the alma mater of many outstanding photojournalists on my network list.