Peter Gwin has been a writer and editor on the staff of National Geographic magazine since 2003 and hosts the podcast Overheard. He has written on a wide range of subjects, including pirates in the Malacca Straits, lost Timbuktu manuscripts, ship breakers in Bangladesh, and traditional Chinese medicine. In 2012 he was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s 2012 Whitman Bassow Award for best Environmental Reporting for his work on the rhino poaching crisis. He has received research grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Green Park Foundation in London for his work in Africa’s Sahara and Sahel regions. In 2012 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to trace the history of aging kung fu masters in China’s Song Mountains. He is originally from Peachtree City, Georgia, and is a graduate of Furman University. He began his career teaching English in a remote village in Botswana.