Earl Swift is a Virginia-based journalist who has penned seven books and hundreds of major features for newspapers and magazines. His editors have nominated his work for the National Book Award, the National Magazine Award, and six times for a Pulitzer Prize. A former Fulbright fellow in New Zealand, Swift is currently a residential fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is the author of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island.
Two people went for a hike on the Appalachian trial. Only one made it out.