Stephanie Pearson is a contributing editor to Outside magazine and a freelance writer. Her assignments over three decades have included reporting from Mount Everest Base Camp, meditating with Tibetan Buddhist Scholar Bob Thurman in Bhutan, and producing an online science curriculum while traveling through Australia and Latin America with National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner and his team.
After receiving her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Pearson began her career at Outside, where she was on the editorial staff for more than 13 years. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Bicycling, Wired, O, The Oprah Magazine, and others (see Portfolio below).
Pearson has received four Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation in the categories of Foreign Travel, Environmental and Sustainable Tourism, Service-Oriented Consumer Work, and Travel Journalist of the Year. Her features have also been anthologized in “The Best American Travel Writing” series and “Out There: The Wildest Stories from Outside Magazine.”