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.
As one of Via's two original interns, Matt Samelson wrote for the magazine about the trails and fern forests of Mendocino Nordic ski trails in the West and, most recently, Western hot springs. He went on to become the managing editor at Couloir in Lake Tahoe, Calif. He has since traded his winter gear for a surfboard and currently resides in Dominical, Costa Rica. Matt reported on the history and tours of Biosphere 2 in David Sharp's feature on Tucson, Ariz.