Contributors | September /October 2005

Kurt Pitzer (“In the Garden of Armageddon“) is a former commercial longline fisherman and relief worker who has reported from many of the world’s turbulent regions, in-cluding the Balkans, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He was embedded with the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq, then jumped his embed as Baghdad fell. He met Dr. Mahdi Obeidi soon afterward and helped him go public with Saddam Hussein’s remaining nuclear secrets. He and Obeidi cowrote The Bomb in My Garden: The Secrets of Saddam’s Nuclear Mastermind, which will be published in paperback in September.

Tomer Hanuka (“In the Garden of Armageddon“) is an Israeli artist currently living in London. His work frequently appears in Entertainment Weekly and The New Yorker, and he has illustrated the covers of several D.C. comics.

Greg Sargent (“The Ricochet“) is a contributing editor for New York magazine, where he writes mostly about politics. His first story about gun litigation was in the mid-1990s, when a Brooklyn woman named Freddie Hamilton sued 25 gun manufacturers after her 17-year-old son was fatally shot, alleging the companies’ negligent distribution practices had helped cause his death. She won a verdict that was later overturned on appeal.

Kurt Pitzer
Tomer Hanuka
Greg Sargent

Julia Whitty
Karen Kuehn
Vince Beiser

Barry Yeoman (“The Fall of a True Believer“), a writer based in North Carolina, has written numerous articles for this magazine, including the May/June 2002 cover story, “The Stealth Crusade,” about evangelical Christian missionaries who proselytize in Muslim countries, and “Unhappy Meals” (January/February 2003), about the federal subsidies that keep school lunches high in fat.

Julia Whitty (“Accounting Coup“) is the author of A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She has been a recipient of an O. Henry Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, and she is currently finishing a book on coral reefs. Her previous articles for Mother Jones are “All the Disappearing Islands” (July/August 2003) and “Smuggling Hope” (March/April 2004).

Karen Kuehn (“Accounting Coup“) lives in rural New Mexico, where she moved after 16 years of working as a photographer in New York City. Her assignment to shoot the Blackfeet reservation brought her back to Montana, where she had been a ranger at Glacier National Park.

Vince Beiser (“A Guilty Man“) is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist specializing in criminal justice issues. A former editor of, he has also written for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Village Voice, The New Republic, The Nation, and Rolling Stone.