Bio

  • Joel Warner -- credit Anthony Camera, 2014

    Credit: Anthony Camera

    A Boston-area native and a graduate of Haverford College in Pennsylvania, I’ve been writing professionally since I landed a job as a correspondent for The Boston Globe in 2001. A year later I moved to Colorado, where I’ve held a variety of writing and editing positions: managing editor of Boulder Weekly; custom-publishing managing editor at New Hope Natural Media; regular contributor to 5280, Denver’s city magazine; and staff writer for Westword, Denver’s alternative newsweekly. I’ve also written for a variety of publications nationwide, including WIREDSlate, Men’s HealthBloomberg Businessweek, Men’s Journal, Popular Science and Grantland. I am co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster in 2014. Most recently I was a staff writer for International Business Times, focusing on the cannabis industry.

    My narrative nonfiction has earned accolades from the likes of the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, the Best American Sports Writing anthology, the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Magazine Awards of Western Publishing, the National Awards for Education Reporting and the AltWeekly Awards. In 2015, my marijuana coverage for International Business Times won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ “Best in Business” award, with judges noting, “He found great angles and has a delightful writing style; the stories were compelling and illuminating. His character development was outstanding… It is clear that he has mastered his beat.” My work also appears in the compendium Best AltWeekly Writing 2009 & 2010.

    I live in Denver, Colorado, with my wife and our two children. According to the vagaries of the Internet, I am best known as an international expert on Swine Flu (I’m not) and one of the leading authorities on Casa Bonita, the Denver restaurant made famous by South Park (I may be). I’m represented by Sasha Raskin at United Talent Agency.