VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Ben Fong-Torres


During his 11-year stint as an editor for Rolling Stone, Ben interviewed such musical luminaries as Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Marvin Gaye, and Elton John. With creditials like that, he was a natural choice to report on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. An author and former disc jockey, Ben has also appeared in the pages of GQ, Esquire, Playboy, and numerous other publications. The San Francisco Bay Area native has even been immoratlized in film—he is portrayed as himself in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical movie Almost Famous.