Alex Heard

Alex Heard

Alex Heard is the editorial director of Outside and the author of The Eyes of Willie McGee and Apocalypse Pretty Soon: Travels in End-Time America.


One car, one infinite urban sprawl, and one long list of the places where the legendary show was filmed. Mapping out a self-guided auto route seemed doable—but was it survivable?

Alex Heard
Sep 30, 2013

A new book on the vanished age of airline hijacking captures an astonishing time. There was no airport security, and people brandishing weapons and bombs routinely commandeered aircraft around the world.

Alex Heard
Jun 24, 2013

David Oliver Relin made his name as coauthor of the disgraced bestseller Three Cups of Tea—then tragically committed suicide. Now, a major publisher hypes Relin’s posthumous history of the inspiring Himalayan Cataract Project. Should we buy it?

Alex Heard
May 9, 2013

Says he was 'unjustly enriched' by sponsorship

Alex Heard
Apr 23, 2013

From crabbing off a dock to the second half of Buried in the Sky

Kyle Dickman, Stephanie Pearson, Michael Roberts, Christopher Solomon, Alex Heard, and Grayson Schaffer
Feb 5, 2013

It's Seven Cups of Deceit time. Read all about it here.

Alex Heard
Jan 23, 2013

Before publishing Bill Gifford's story on Livestrong one year ago, we had no idea how dangerous it was to cross The Boss. Editorial director Alex Heard tells the inside story.

Alex Heard
Jan 18, 2013

Wondering how to get through three hours of Lance Armstrong and Oprah looking deep into each others' eyes? We can help.

Alex Heard
Jan 17, 2013

While awaiting further judgment on a case against the accuracy of Three Cups of Tea, the bestseller he co-wrote with Greg Mortenson, Relin committed suicide by putting himself in the path of a moving freight train

Alex Heard
Dec 6, 2012

Live free or die trying

Florence Williams and Alex Heard
Feb 28, 2012

The Trials of Greg Mortenson

It’s been ten months since Jon Krakauer and 60 Minutes alleged that the star of Three Cups of Tea was a literary fraud who used the Central Asia Institute as a personal cash cow, prompting a civil suit and an investigation by Montana’s attorney general. Mortenson still isn’t talking. But the case is heating up, with important developments in t

Alex Heard
Feb 12, 2012

The Year of Giving Adventurously

You're ready to act on those good intentions, but how do you know the organizations you're backing deserve your trust? Here are the 30 best—smartly managed groups with transparent financials, efficient spending, and track records of on-the-ground success.

Kate Siber, The Editors, James Nestor, Scott Carney, William Wheeler, Michael McRae, Tracy Ross, and Alex Heard
Nov 1, 2011