David Owen has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1991. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including “Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River,” which grew out of a magazine piece published in 2015; “High School,” about the four months he spent pretending to be a high-school student; “None of the Above: The Truth Behind the SATs,” an exposé of the standardized-testing industry; “Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability”; and “The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse.”
Previously, Owen was a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly and, prior to that, a senior writer at Harper’s. He is also a contributing editor at Golf Digest and Popular Mechanics. In 2011, he was named, in a book edited by Andy Borowitz, one of the fifty funniest American writers.