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.

Richard O'Brien

A senior editor at Sports Illustrated, Richard O'Brien also has topped 120 mph at a race car school and ferreted out the idiosyncrasies of Chinese Crested (hairless) dogs at the Westminster Kennel Show. Although he usually specializes in writing about baseball, boxing, and Olympic sports, he was game to cover Berlin to give VIA readers a look at Europe's new world city 11 years after the Wall fell.