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Benjamin Radford

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. Radford has appeared on the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Good Morning America, the Learning Channel, CBC, BBC and CNN.

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.

He received a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico and a masters in education from the University of Buffalo. He is a member of the American Folklore Society, the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and the American College of Forensic Examiners International. He has written over a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, and media literacy.

Currently Radford is the author of ten books: Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits, 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.

Jack Kutz

In the 1970’s Jack Kutz gained followers as a writer and researcher for Albuquerque’s alternative newspaper Seers Catalog. Later Kutz’s writing was featured in New Mexico Magazine. However, Kutz began collecting folklore and extraordinary tales working in remote locations while working for Mountain Bell, hanging telephone line. During this time he began documenting the oral histories and tall tales passed down generation to generation within specific regions. Also an avid mountain climber, Kutz served with New Mexico Mountain Club. Those daring rescue missions gave him first-hand experiences and contacts with people who had amazing stories to share. Kutz’s Mysteries & Miracles series not only preserves many cultural stories but also enables readers to reference detailed directions to visit some of the most bizarre, obscure and haunting places within the Southwest. In addition to his six books in the Mysteries & Miracles series, Kutz is also the author of Grassroots New Mexico: A History of Citizen Activism and The Wild West Never Died: True Crime Tales of 20th Century New Mexico.

Jeff Radford

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, Radford founded a semi-monthly community newspaper in Corrales, New Mexico. His series of articles on toxic chemical emissions from microchip factories won a Society of Professional Journalists award for best investigative environmental writing in 2011.

His 1984 book,The Chaco Coal Scandal, was praised by the Washington Post as 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 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 UN Environment Program headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a degree in journalism and a masters degree in Latin American studies.

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