Ryan Bradley

Ryan Bradley


Ryan Bradley is a freelance writer and editor based in Los Angeles. He’s been nominated for a National Magazine Award, won a Press Club award, and had his articles featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing.


  • Expert at nothing, which is why I’m stuck still writing—trying to figure out what I know.
  • Scuba certified; top secret clearance pending
  • Past bylines include: The New York Times Magazine, New York, VQR, Paris Review


Ryan has worked as an editor at National Geographic Adventure, The World Policy Journal, Popular Science, and Fortune. He’s written for The New York Times Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The New Yorker, GQ, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. He’s profiled John Legend, Grimes, and Bill Nye, written features on synthesizers, exploding bolts, and dialect coaches, and appeared on CNN and NPR. He has a brief appearance and one line in the Noah Baumbauch film “While We’re Young.” He often writes about the collision of technology, the human world, and nature. He has written more articles about rodents than he planned, and an essay on cats that briefly went viral.


Ryan has a bachelor’s of science and masters degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. While there he and his friends started a magazine called The Passenger. For its first issue, while on summer break, he drove up to Palo Alto to interview and profile a recent Harvard dropout named Mark Zuckerberg and a crew busy launching their website Thefacebook on college campuses throughout the US.


Ryan’s “Cancer Almanac” for the NYTimes Magazine was nominated for a National Magazine Award, and his article on the wildfires in Malibu won a LA Press Club award for investigative feature writing.

Favorite weird science fact

Where does the water end and the air begin? Nobody is quite certain.

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