We're Safer Without Pit Bull BansThe Los Angeles Times, 2016

Dogs of Character (book excerpt) | The Virginia Quarterly Review, 2016

Freeing Dogs with Fences (book excerpt) | Slate, 2016

The Last Wild RiverOxford American, 2008

  • Included in Best American Travel Writing 2009
  • Winner: 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award
  • Listen to an interview about this piece on American Public Media's "The Story with Dick Gordon" 

Southern Enemy Number One: Ralph McGill and the Burden of History | Oxford American, 2009

The Rapture of the Deep: Diving the Sunken South | Oxford American, 2011

Born to Be WildOutside, 2010

Licked to Death by a Pit BullGarden & Gun, 2011



True NorthThe New York Times, 2016

The Emotional Manipulations of Making a Murderer Slate, 2016

The Short List: DogsThe New York Times, 2014

The American MuckSlate, 2014

Hurt Soldier: Coping with Life After CombatThe Independent Weekly

Unsentimental Journeys: Wrestling with Paul Theroux | World Hum

The Water is Wide | World Hum

Chuck Thompson's Smile When You're Lying The San Francisco Chronicle



Climb Aboard, Ye Who Seek the Truth! (My Week on a Conspiracy Cruise) | Popular Mechanics, September 2016

  • Nominee: 2017 National Magazine Award (Feature Writing)

Five Days in Papua New Guinea | Sport Diver, February 2012

Into the Forest (Great Smoky Mountains, NC) | Our State, October 2011

Legacy of Protection (Grand Cayman) | Sport Diver, October 2011

The Surprisingly Complex Science of Sinking | Sport Diver, August 2011

Roanoke Island: Manteo | Our State, July 2011

Paradise in Peril (Maldives) | Sport Diver, December 2010

The Story Hunters | Southern Living, September 2010

Exotic Escapes: Thailand | Scuba Diving, August 2010

Essential Europe: Scotland's Scapa Flow | Scuba Diving, July 2010

What It's Like . . . to Dive an Underwater Cemetery | Scuba Diving, March 2010

Bottom Time Behind the Glass | Scuba Diving, November 2009

Desert Divers (Sea of Cortez) | Scuba Diving, November 2009

Night Stalkers | Scuba Diving, September 2009

Dive Islands: Palau | Scuba Diving, September 2009

Top Dives: Belize | Scuba Diving, September 2009

Belize: Inside, Outside, and Underneath | Sport Diver, July 2009

Palau: Into the Shallows | Islands, Mar/Apr 2008

A Young Artist in Puerto Rico | Garden & Gun, September 2007