Scott Carney

Scott Carney (born July 9, 1978) is an American investigative journalist. He reported from Chennai, India between 2006–2009, but currently resides in Colorado.

Carney contributes stories on a variety of medical, technological and ethical issues to Wired Magazine, Mother Jones, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Details and National Public Radio. His first book ''The Red Market'' was published by William Morrow/Harper Collins in June 2011. His second book ''The Enlightenment Trap'' came out in 2015. His third book, ''What Doesn't Kill Us'' about his experiences with dare-devil ice guru Wim Hof spent two months on the New York Times bestseller list in 2017.

Carney is an outspoken advocate of freelance writers and writes frequently on his blog about the struggles that freelance journalists face both in the field and navigating the business side of the profession. He is unusual in that he argues that magazines often have exceptionally high profits, and the low pay and contract terms that writers get are better attributed to exploitative business practices instead of a poor overall market for the written word. He founded the website WordRates, which operated from 2015 to 2017, to provide journalists a new way to sell and market their work.

In 2015 he founded the tiny Denver-based media company [ Foxtopus Ink] which produces audio books, video courses and podcasts. In 2018 Foxtopus Ink released the podcast [ Wild Thing] the search for bigfoot.

Carney holds a number of academic and professional appointments including as a contributing editor at Wired, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and as a judge for the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism. He graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 and dropped out of a PhD in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in order to pursue journalism.
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