Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written over a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, and media literacy.
He is author of nine books: Bad Clowns, Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking (with sociologist Robert E. Bartholomew); Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us, examining the ways in which deception is used in various media to influence decision making and public policy; Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures (with Joe Nickell), a scientific examination of lake monsters around the world; Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries; Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore and The Martians Have Landed! A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes (with Bob Bartholomew, 2011); Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment; and his novel The Merchant of Dust.
He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico and completed a masters degree in education from the University of Buffalo. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the American Folklore Society, the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and the American College of Forensic Examiners International, among other organizations.
Radford is a regular columnist for LiveScience.com, Discovery News, Skeptical Inquirer magazine, and the Skeptical Briefs newsletter. Radford created Playing Gods: The Board Game of Divine Domination, the world’s first satirical board game of religious warfare. He has also made two short films: Clicker Clatter (2007), and Sirens (2009).
Radford is one of the world’s few science-based paranormal investigators, and has done first-hand research into mysterious phenomena in sixteen countries on four continents including psychics, ghosts and haunted houses; exorcisms, miracles, Bigfoot, stigmata, lake monsters, UFO sightings, reincarnation, and crop circles, and many other topics. He is perhaps best known for solving the mysteries of the Santa Fe Courthouse Ghost in 2007, and the Hispanic vampire el chupacabra in 2010.
Radford has appeared on Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Learning Channel, CBC, BBC and CNN. He also served as a consultant for the MTV series The Big Urban Myth Show and an episode of the CBS crime drama CSI. Radford has appeared in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Outside, and Ladies’ Home Journal, and quoted by Parade columnist (and world’s smartest person) Marilyn vos Savant, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, biologist Richard Dawkins, and others.
Author and collector of Southwest folklore and outlandish tales, Jack Kutz gathered much of the material for his books Mysteries and Miracles of New Mexico, and More Mysteries and Miracles of New Mexico as he travelled the state stringing telephone wires for what was then Mountain Bell. He began writing for Albuquerque’s alternative newspaper Seers Catalog in the 1970s.In addition to his six books in the Mysteries and Miracles series, Katz’s Grassroots New Mexico: A History of Citizen Activism, was published in 1989.
A journalist with more than 50 years experience in local, regional, national and international news reporting and editing, Jeff Radford is a former Associated Press World Service editor and writer. His reports have been published in leading newspapers and magazines throughout the world.
He was recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Venezuela in 1964, and an Inter-American Press Association fellowship to Brazil in 1971. He served as an international observer for South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1997. In 1982, J. Radford founded a semi-monthly community newspaper in Corrales, New Mexico. His series of articleson toxic chemical emissions from microchip factories won the Society of Professional Journalists’ award for best investigative environmental writing in 2011.
His 1984 book, The Chaco Coal Scandal: The People’s Victory Over James Watt, was praised by the Washington Post as “a tart account of scandal in high places and of successful citizen opposition to federal policies that ignore their wishes.” Radford is currently working on a book about America’s troubled efforts to dispose of nuclear waste lethal for tens of thousands of years. He has closely followed related issues since 1973 when he reported on cutting-edge research from the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.