Bruce Barcott is a Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction and the author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America. Since late 2015 he has served as Deputy Editor of Leafly, the world's most popular cannabis information resource. At Leafly he oversees the site's news and cultural coverage and chronicles the global evolution of cannabis legalization.
A nationally recognized longform journalist, Barcott's features and cover stories have appeared in TIME, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Harper's, Mother Jones, and other publications. His op-eds and short essays have appeared on CNN.com, the New York Times, the Seattle Times, KUOW, and the public radio show Living on Earth.
His previous award-winning books include The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw; The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mt. Rainier; and Northwest Passages: A Literary Anthology of the Pacific Northwest.
As a science writer for more than twenty years, Barcott has covered topics ranging from global warming to risk calculus to the science of camouflage. He led National Geographic magazine’s coverage of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and accompanied James Cameron’s 2012 expedition to dive the deepest spot in the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the South Pacific.
Barcott is a former Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism. His New York Times Magazine cover story on the Bush Administration's attempts to undermine the Clean Air Act was awarded the Society of Environmental Journalists' annual award for explanatory journalism, and he is the proud recipient of NORML's Hunter S. Thompson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advancing the Cause of Ending Marijuana Prohibition.
Barcott lives on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, with his wife, the memoirist Claire Dederer, and their two children.