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.

Phil Taylor

As a senior editor for Sports Illustrated, Phil Taylor has covered the NBA for the past seven years. In response to the two questions he is most often asked about his job, Taylor says, "Yes, I do know Michael Jordan, and no, I can't get you his autograph." For VIA, Taylor writes about a different kind of hero: Attorney Alan Austin from Palo Alto, Calif., who survived two nights in a blinding blizzard because he knew what to do when lost in the snow.