freelance journalist

Jacob Baynham is the winner of a National Magazine Award in profile writing. The human experience is his broad, beguiling beat. He lives in Montana.

Photo by Justin Bishop

Featured Stories


The Many Lives of Water and People

Are we the same person all of our lives? The average human cell only lasts seven years. We, and everything else, are constantly in flux. So what endures? I explored these questions and others in this essay about identity, water, family and home for Noema Magazine.


Jimmy Chin // GQ

I recently got a fun assignment to profile Jimmy Chin for GQ, a job that brought me to a cliff in the Tetons where the Oscar-winning climber, photographer, and filmmaker talked me off the ledge. Here’s the story.


Jerry’s Dirt

My father-in-law, Jerry McGahan, knew how to create a new variety of apple. He knew how to hunt with an eagle. He knew how to catch a porcupine. But most of all, he knew how to live well, which meant he knew how to die well. My essay about him won a National Magazine Award.…


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