McKenzie Funk grew up in Oregon and studied philosophy, literature, and foreign languages at Swarthmore College. Since 2000, his reporting has taken him all over the United States and to dozens of countries on six continents. A National Magazine Award finalist and former Knight-Wallace Fellow, he won the Oakes Prize for a story about the melting Arctic and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for his interview in Tajikistan with one of the first prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay. Mac is a founding member of Deca, the global journalism cooperative, and his writing has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The New York Times Magazine. Windfall, his first book, was named a book of the year by The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Salon, and Amazon.com and was the winner of a 2015 PEN Literary Award.