Jessica Bruder is a journalist whose work focuses on subcultures and unexplored corners of the economy. She currently lives part-time in a 1996 camper van named Halen, collecting stories for a book about nomadic Americans that is forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co. The project is based on “The End of Retirement,” her Harper’s Magazine cover feature that won the 2015 Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.
Previously Bruder was the author of Burning Book (Simon & Schuster), about the annual Burning Man festival, which The Los Angeles Times called “quietly poetic.” She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Observer, the Associated Press, The Oregonian, The International Herald Tribune, Inc. Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbia’s Journalism School for seven years and, when she’s not on the road, makes her home in Brooklyn with Max the spaniel.