Freelance Journalist, Los Angeles magazine,GQ, The New York Times Magazine
Media and police bias in missing-persons cases Judge
Mike Kessler is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Los Angeles< magazine,Outside, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The California Sunday Magazine, Men's Journal, The Trace<, TakePart and the anthology, "The Best American Magazine Writing 2008." Kessler has written long-form stories on a range of topics including recently released mentally ill criminal offenders, housing policy for the homeless, child sex trafficking, missing persons, nuclear weapons workers and urban gun violence. Two of his stories were finalists for the National Magazine Award and have won, or been finalists for, awards from the City and Regional Magazine Association and the Western Publishing Association. A former staff editor at 5280 (Denver), Skiing and Outside magazines, Kessler also worked at the Santa Monica, California-based NPR affiliate KCRW as a producer on the Public Radio International program, "To The Point."