«Class of 2008

Paul Kvinta

freelance writer, Atlanta

Kvinta was born in Houston and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas, Austin. His journalism career began in 1990, when he freelanced for the Lima Times in Peru and then later that year joined La Prensa, a bilingual newspaper in Austin, as a reporter. In 1992, he moved to Atlanta and joined the Fulton County Daily Report, covering courts and legal issues. Since 1994, Kvinta has freelanced full-time for a number of publications including Outside, GQ, Men’s Journal and the New York Times Magazine, and he has written and read his essays for National Public Radio’s “Weekend All Things Considered.” He’s currently a contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure (NGA). In 2005, his story for NGA on human-elephant conflict in India, “Stomping Grounds,” was a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and it appeared in the Columbia University Press anthology, “The Best American Magazine Writing 2005.” The piece also won the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Story from the South Asian Journalists Association, and received a Lowell Thomas Silver Award for environmental story from the Society of American Travel Writers. In 2007, he won a Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion at the University of Cambridge in England.

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