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.
Russ Rymer is a freelance journalist, book author, and editor whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper's, Mother Jones, and other publications. His first book, Genie, a Scientific Tragedy, won a Whiting Writer's Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle Award. His second, American Beach: a Saga of Race, Wealth, and Memory, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His editing received a National Magazine Award in 1989. In 2003, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Rymer traveled to Vancouver, B.C., for VIA and reported back on the sights and highlights of British Columbia's biggest city.