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I climbed 18,000 feet to Everest Base Camp. Let me share my story with you

Adam Popescu's Biography

I've worked in print, online, radio, everything but TV. I've also managed Twitter accounts for news organizations.

I respect the web, for its reach, and use social media as a platform, but marry those skills with the traditional journalism background of real writing and reporting.

I'm a graduate of Pitzer College (BA in creative writing) and have a master's in journalism from Syracuse University.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

Travel writer.

Have you ever used a typewriter?


How is social media changing news?

Social media has become the news. It's moved beyond a platform to share information to become one of the "news" topic of the last few years.

I Looked A Wild Polar Bear In The Eye — Standing just a few feet away, I looked into the eye of a wild polar bear, scrawny and gaunt from going a summer without food. It felt like visiting Jurassic Park. I can't help but feel a profound sadness when we lock eyes. A sense that these majestic animals know what's happening.

Protecting the Peace in Polar Bear Land — Bob Windsor has spent the last six years keeping the streets safe in the arctic town of Churchill -or at least trying to. Even with less than a dozen blocks to protect, the Manitoba conservation officer and his small staff are heavily outnumbered. That's because every November hundreds of culprits stalk the town and its 800 residents.

How To Shoot A Polar Bear - With Live Video — Every year, hundred of polar bears gather near a remote town in northern Canada, waiting for sea ice to freeze. It's the largest gathering of bears you can get close to and the best opportunity you have to bring home a trophy - a photograph like this one.

The Multi-Million-Dollar Tenth Of A Second — Earlier this year, at a football stadium in Orange County, fifteen NFL hopefuls were suited up in pads, helmets, and yards of athletic tape. They also had on some less familiar gear that day: several body sensors and the Zephyr BioHarness, a chest-strap that monitors heart and breathing rate, posture, and GPS.

Brands Are Betting Billions That This 25-Year-Old Power Influencer Can Make You Buy Stuff — It's 90 degrees in Los Angeles and Dennis Hegstad is wearing all-black. Black Zara faux leather pants, black Vans, black Ray Ban sunglasses. The oppressive October sun beats down as Hegstad sips from a bottle of kombucha outside a coffee shop.

How Neil Gaiman Stays Creative In An Age Of Constant Distraction — The great German writer and realpolitik statesman Goethe once said "talent is nurtured in solitude." The only way to achieve true creativity, then, was to become "a child of solitude." But in our culture of constant connectivity, is solitude still needed, let alone possible?

Palmer Luckey | Innovators Under 35 — Palmer Luckey grew up mesmerized by the transcendent virtual reality depicted in Star Trek and The Matrix. But when his video screen faded to black, he was back in the real world, where virtual technology remained trapped in niche ­applications. So Luckey, a self-taught engineer who had been exploring technology journalism in college, began tinkering.

Is This The Easiest Way On Earth To Learn Programming? — This article contains interviews with Gregg Pollack, founder of Code School; Kim Bui, a digital journalism professor at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism; UrbanTxt founder Oscar Menjivar; and Howard Marks, chair of Los Angeles accelerator StartEngine. Can jingles help you learn how to code? At least 27,000 people think yes.

I’ve Launched A Crowdfunding Project & I Have No Idea What I’m Doing — Yesterday, I launched my first crowdfunding project. I plan to go to Nepal and tell stories about the Sherpas, the invisible people who work on Mount Everest. Profiles, features, video interviews, Twitter chats, I want to serve up the whole multimedia gamut.

Everest Sherpas: The High Price of Tourism — Sixteen people died in an avalanche on Mount Everest on April 18, a tragedy that prompted the closure of the 2014 climbing season, and a demand to improve conditions for the men and women who make up the backbone of the mountain's economy: the Sherpas.
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Nov 22, 2014

What does the Internet do when they don't like,or believe something? Deny.Deny.Deny. What does science(or good journalism) do? Examine facts

Nov 22, 2014

RT @LazyAhab: @adampopescu A "warmist"? It seems like the wit of climate deniers has at last caught up to their scientific literacy.

Nov 22, 2014

The planet is getting warmer and our activity is to blame. There's no doubt about that, and most scientists worth their weight will say same

Nov 22, 2014

Woke up to a slew of tweets calling me a warmist based on my Arctic trip&writing about polar bears.It's easy to deny from afar,hard up close

Nov 21, 2014

You know what real friendship is? It's @BrianNorgard giving me this book...and me actually wanting to read it....

Nov 21, 2014

Chilling @MeltdownComics and what do I see but this @maxbemis. I went to preschool with this guy. Children's World.

Nov 21, 2014

The people have spoken @IndefiniteWild "@TaylorNikolai: @adampopescu @Gizmodo Alternative title: "I should be dead."”

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