James Sturz is a freelance journalist, born and based in New York City. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University in 1987, and has taught English in Italy, worked in book publishing in New York, and served on staff at Vanity Fair.
In addition to his first novel, Sasso (one of The Sunday Telegraph's top books of 2001), Sturz has written for more than 80 newspapers and magazines, in the United States and around the world. His areas of interest include American and Italian politics and pop culture, food, and adventure travel. His cover stories, features, articles, essays, short fiction, and reviews have run in such publications as The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Observer, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Men's Journal, Afar, Scuba Diving, Sport Diver, Saveur, Islands, Caribbean Travel & Life, Fathom, Hemispheres, Men's Health, Playboy, Robb Report, Executive Travel, Detour, Entertainment Weekly, US, Glamour, Marie Claire, Redbook, Mirabella, Forward, Alimentum Journal, Cigar Aficionado, The Huffington Post and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among many others.
Sturz has also served as a guest editor for the adventure magazine Blue, as a contributing editor for Shermans Travel, Manhattan File, Leite's Culinaria and Lexus magazines, an assigning editor for Swing, and as a columnist for The Westsider and Chelsea Clinton News. His journalism has been republished in Australian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Finnish, Greek, Italian, South African, Spanish and Swedish magazines. It also appears in Italy: The Best Travel Writing from The New York Times (Harry N. Abrams/Istituto Geografico DeAgostini, 2005), in Best Food Writing 2007 (Marlowe & Company, 2007), and has been twice anthologized in the annual textbook Human Sexuality (Dushkin Publishing Group/McGraw Hill, 1995 and 1997). His articles have also been used as course materials by the psychology and sociology departments of the University of Wisconsin, Santa Barbara City College, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Additionally, Sturz is a panelist for the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations and teaches travel writing at Mediabistro in New York City. He is a member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, International Association of Crime Writers, and has lectured before the Society of American Travel Writers. In 2008, Sturz won a Solas Award in travel writing, and honorable mention in The Best American Sports Writing 2010 and 2012.
On television, Sturz has appeared on NBC's "Inside Edition," CNBC's "Real Personal," Sky News's "The Book Show," and on Fox's "Good Day New York." He has also been heard on the German national radio station NDR; London's LBC; Portland, OR's KPAM and on Lexus.com. Sturz has presented his work across the United States, in England and France, at universities, cultural institutes, theaters, festivals and museums, and interviews with him and reviews of his work have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia, Israel, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Sturz is also a PADI-certified Divemaster. He is currently at work on his next novel.