David Wolman

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David Wolman is an American author and journalist. He is a contributing editor at Wired, and has also written for publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Discover, National Geographic Traveler, New Scientist and Outside.[1]

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In November 2005, Da Capo Press published his first book, A Left-Hand Turn Around the World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All Things Southpaw.[2] His second book, Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling, was published by Collins in October, 2008.[3]

In 2008, Wolman went to Egypt to research an article for Wired about a small group of activists who were using Facebook to organize against the regime.[4] Two years later, some of those activists, including Ahmed Maher (youth leader), a founder of the April 6 Youth Movement were key figures in the revolution that ultimately overthrew President Hosni Mubarak. Wolman’s novella-length e-book, “The Instigators,” tells their story.[5]

The End of Money, published by Da Capo Press in February, 2012.[6] takes a critical look at cash, from Marco Polo’s fascination with the paper notes he saw circulating in China, to end of the gold standard. Wolman also explores a growing trend of people using cell phones as replacements for both bank branches and cash, and delves into the parallel worlds of counterfeiting and anti-counterfeiting technology.

Wolman's latest book, Firsthand: A Decade of Reportage,[7] is a digital collection of his best work, released for the web via Creatavist.

Background[edit]

Wolman studied geography and environmental studies at Middlebury College. He later received his Master of Arts degree in journalism from Stanford University and completed a Fulbright journalism grant in Sapporo, Japan. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon,[1] Wolman travels frequently to research topics in science, technology and business.

Awards[edit]

Fulbright Journalism Fellow, Sapporo, Japan, 2003 [8]

Oregon Arts Commission, Individual Artist Fellowship, 2011 [9]

Society of Environmental Journalists, third place, Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Small Market, 2011 [10]

National Magazine Awards, finalist, Digital Media Reporting, 2012 [11]

American Society of Journalists and Authors, Outstanding Article (Profiles), 2013 [12]

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