Peter Gwin has been a writer and editor on the staff of National Geographic since 2003. He has written on a wide range of subjects, including pirates in the Malacca Straits, early tyrannosaurs, lost Timbuktu manuscripts, ship breakers in Bangladesh, and the security situation in Northern Africa.
In 2012, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club's 2012 Whitman Bassow Award for best Environmental Reporting for his work on the rhino poaching crisis. He has received research grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Green Park Foundation in London for his work in Africa's Sahara and Sahel regions. In 2012 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to trace the history of aging kung fu masters in China's Song Mountains.
He is originally from Peachtree City, Georgia, and is a graduate of Furman University. He began his career teaching English in Botswana.