Vince Beiser is an award-winning journalist and author based in Los Angeles. His first book, The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization was released in 2018. It was a finalist for a PEN/E.O. Wilson Award and a California Book Award, and has been translated into five languages. Wired magazine editor-in-chief Nick Thompson calls it “a riveting, wonderfully written investigation.” “Stunning,” says NPR; “impassioned and alarming,” says the Washington Post. And Senator John McCain calls Vince’s coverage of the issue “a must-read.”
Vince has reported from over 100 countries, states, provinces, kingdoms, occupied territories, liberated areas, no man’s lands and disaster zones. He has exposed conditions in California’s harshest prisons, trained with troops bound for Iraq, ridden with the first responders to disasters in Haiti and Nepal and hunted down other stories from around the world for publications including Wired, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Guardian, GQ (UK), The Nation, Mother Jones, Playboy, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.
Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and Epic Magazine are developing a feature film based on one of his articles. Sony Pictures-backed Fable Pictures is developing a TV series based on another. Vince has also been a producer and correspondent for the Emmy-winning news show SoCal Connected.
Vince’s work has been honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, 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 twice been part of a team that won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, and shared in a Los Angeles-area Emmy award. He is also a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.