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.

Mickey Butts

Mickey Butts is an editor and writer based in Berkeley, Calif. His writing has appeared in such publications as Salon, The Nation, The Industry Standard, Wired, The Financial Times, Food & Wine, Parenting, Sunset, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He was a founder and executive editor of The Industry Standard, and previously was assistant managing editor of Parenting magazine and managing editor of The East Bay Monthly. For more information, visit his Web site at