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.

Michael McRae

Michael McRae, who reports on the cultural offerings of his hometown, Ashland, Ore., says he enjoyed the short commute for a change: "My last two assignments took me to northern Sudan and to Burundi, where I covered a scientific team searching for a notorious man-eating crocodile in rebel-held territory." McRae is a contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure.