has been a journalist and author for more than three decades. He worked for 20 years as a newspaper reporter, 15 of them at The Philadelphia Inquirer. From 1990 to 1993, he served as the Inquirer’s Moscow correspondent, covering the demise of the Soviet Union and the rise of the new Russia. In 1996, he became a freelance writer, covering the environment and international affairs, primarily for National Geographic magazine. He has also written for The New Yorker, Smithsonian, Outside, Audubon, and The Wall Street Journal.
Fen is the author of the travel-adventure book, Reeling in Russia, and has co-authored two books: Surviving Galeras, with Stanley Williams, and The First Directorate, with Oleg Kalugin.
Fen has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in newspaper feature writing and has won several awards from the Overseas Press Club. He was awarded a Guggenheim foundation fellowship in 2006 to conduct research for Fraser’s Penguins. Fen worked on the book over the course of five years, and spent nearly five months working on Bill Fraser’s birding team at Palmer Station, thanks to an Antarctic Artists and Writers Grant from the National Science Foundation.
Fen now works as senior editor at the online magazine, Yale Environment 360. He is married to Laurie Hays, also a journalist, and they have two daughters.