Alex ShoumatoffAlexander "Alex" Shoumatoff (born November 4, 1946) is an American writer known for his literary journalism, nature and environmental writing, and books and magazine pieces about political and environmental situations and world affairs. He was a staff writer at ''The New Yorker'' magazine from 1978 to 1987, a founding contributing editor of ''Outside'' magazine and ''Condé Nast Traveler'', and was the senior-most contributing editor to ''Vanity Fair'' since its re-inception in 1986 through 2015 before he pseudo retired. He is known for reporting from the most remote corners of the world.
Career highlights include Vanity Fair's article about Cornelius Gurlitt who was discovered with hundreds of paintings from art theft and looting during World War II from Nazi plundering; a 1986 article for ''Vanity Fair'' magazine about the mountain gorilla advocate Dian Fossey in 1986 in Rwanda which became the film ''Gorillas in the Mist''; one of the first international articles about the Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso in 1984 for ''The New Yorker''; tracing the origin of AIDS for Vanity Fair which became his book ''African Madness''; a profile of the organization Product Red led by U2 front man Bono; and his arrest in 2008 for trespassing at the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, California in 2008 that was featured in Page 6 of ''The New York Post'' and ''Vanity Fair'' about how members of the Grove were attempting to log old-growth redwood trees, but became much more than that after news of his arrest was picked up by news outlets. He has 10 published books and since 2001 has been the editor of a web site, "Dispatches From The Vanishing World", devoted to "documenting and raising awareness about the planet's rapidly disappearing natural and cultural diversity". Hundreds of pages of his writing are posted on the site. His eleventh book, The Wasting of Borneo: Dispatches From A Vanishing World," will be published by Beacon Press in April, 2017.
Shoumatoff has been called "the greatest writer in America" by Donald Trump and "one of our greatest story tellers" by Graydon Carter. Provided by Wikipedia