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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.

During his 11-year stint as an editor for Rolling Stone, Ben interviewed such musical luminaries as Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Marvin Gaye, and Elton John. With creditials like that, he was a natural choice to report on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. An author and former disc jockey, Ben has also appeared in the pages of GQ, Esquire, Playboy, and numerous other publications. The San Francisco Bay Area native has even been immoratlized in film—he is portrayed as himself in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical movie Almost Famous.

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Bernice Yeung has written for Dwell and Mother Jones magazines.

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An ardent naturalist as well as a prolific writer, Bil Gilbert has been covering the natural sciences for such publications as Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, and Audubon for years. He snorkeled with the stingrays in the Sea of Cortez and journeyed by train to the rim of the spectacular Copper Canyon for his recent VIA article, Exploring Mexico's Wild Side . In addition to compiling a wide body of writings, Bil also founded the American Society of Crows and Ravens. He spends many winter evenings contemplating them from his Hagerstown, MD home.

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Bill Donahue is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Outside, Mother Jones, and other magazines. With his daughter, Allie, he is the editor of Biff: the magazine for kids and their parents. Visit Bill at www.billdonahue.net.

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Bill Fink’s writing and photography has appeared in more than 30 publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Islands Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times; numerous travel books and websites; and a hitchhiking newsletter made by a guy in a basement in England. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Bill Gottlieb has been writing and editing in the field of health and food for 25 years. He was the managing editor of Prevention magazine and, recently, wrote the self-care encyclopedia, Alternative Cures: From 300 of America's Top Doctors and Natural Healers, The Most Effective Natural Home Remedies for 160 Health Problems (Rodale, November 2000). Bill lives and works in Northern California, where he has ample opportunities to cure his cravings for California King Salmon and California-grown Hass avocados.

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Bonnie Tsui is a frequent contributor for The New York Times. Her latest book is A Leaky Tent Is a Piece of Paradise: 20 Young Writers on Finding a Place in the Natural World. She is currently writing a book on American Chinatowns for Simon & Schuster's Free Press.

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Bonnie Wach grew up skiing the still-uncrowded slopes of North Lake Tahoe and has made it a mission in recent years to seek out those quiet, untrampled places in the Sierra that remind her of childhood. She has written for San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle, Health, Travel & Leisure, SF Weekly, and The New York Times Magazine.

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