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Vince Beiser is an award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles.

He has exposed conditions in California's harshest prisons, trained with troops bound for Iraq, ridden with the first responders to Haiti's earthquake and hunted down other stories from around the world for publications including Wired, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Harper's, The Atlantic, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Nation, Mother Jones, Playboy and Rolling Stone.

Vince's work has been honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Columbia, Medill and Missouri Graduate Schools of Journalism, the National Mental Health Association, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and many other institutions. He has also twice been part of a team that won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, the magazine industry's highest honor.

Vince is currently at work on a book for Penguin-Random House about the most important yet most overlooked commodity in the world: sand.