Russ Rymer is an author and freelance journalist who has contributed articles to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper’s, Smithsonian, Vogue, and Los Angeles Magazine, among other publications. His first book, Genie, a Scientific Tragedy (HarperCollins, 1993), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won a Whiting Award. It was translated into six languages and transformed into a NOVA television documentary. His second book, about the American Beach community in Florida, was American Beach: a Saga of Race, Wealth, and Memory (Harper Collins, 1998, re-subtitled American Beach: How "Progress" Robbed a Black Town--and Nation--of History, Wealth, and Power for the paperback edition). His third book and first novel, Paris Twilight, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.
In 2005, Russ Rymer became the editor-in-chief for Mother Jones, although he held this position for only one year. From 2011 to '13 Rymer was the Joan Leiman Jacobson Non-Fiction Writer in Residence at Smith College. He was the 2009-10 Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He has been a lecturer in Writing and Humanistic Studies and at the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT, a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, instructor at the California Institute of Technology, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation appointed Rymer a Guggenheim Fellow in 2002. In 2012 he was awarded the Ed Cunningham Award for best magazine reporting from abroad by the Overseas Press Club <https://opcofamerica.org/awards/10-ed-cunningham-award> for his National Geographic report on the disappearance of languages. <http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/vanishing-languages/rymer-text> He is married to the writer Susan Faludi.
- New York Times. "Winners of Whiting Awards". October 30, 1995. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
- Florida Times-Union. "A detour turned into a real find". November 4, 1998. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
- Smith College. "Faculty & Staff: Russ Rymer". Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
- Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. "Russ Rymer - 2009-2010". Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
- "AT HOME WITH: Susan Faludi and Russ Rymer; Sympathy for Men, Empathy With One" - http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/21/garden/at-home-with-susan-faludi-and-russ-rymer-sympathy-for-men-empathy-with-one.html?pagewanted=all