For 34 years, Art Carey was a reporter, staff writer, editor and columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Reared in the suburbs of Philadelphia, he was educated at the Episcopal Academy, Princeton University, from which he was graduated with honor in English, and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, which awarded him the Robert E. Sherwood Traveling Fellowship for excellence in the study and reporting of national affairs.
From 1975 to 1977, he was a reporter and features writer at the Bucks County Courier Times. He joined the Inquirer in 1977 and was assigned to cover Burlington County, N.J., and later the western suburbs of Philadelphia. In 1979, he became an editor at the newspaper's Sunday magazine, where he also wrote numerous articles, including several cover stories that were hugely popular. From 1992 to 2011, he was a features writer and columnist, specializing in health and fitness, the outdoors, and profiles of interesting and inspiring people.
He has won several state and national journalism awards, and he was a member of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for stories about the Three Mile Island nuclear power-plant disaster. Two of his most precious journalistic trophies are complimentary notes from New Yorker legends E.B. White and John McPhee. He is the author of several books, including In Defense of Marriage and The United States of Incompetence.
He is a former wrestler and competitive long-distance runner. In his prime, he could bench-press 300 pounds. He also ran 12 Boston Marathons (best time: 2:50) as well as five 50-mile races. He is married to the Russian Princess and loves barbells, Maine and jeeps, not necessarily in that order.