Joshua Bearman writes for Rolling Stone , Harper’s , Wired , The New York Times Magazine , The Believer , and McSweeney’s , and contributes to this American Life . Bearman was a contributing producer on the documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters . Bearman is an advisory board member of 826LA , a non-profit tutoring organization in Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles, California , and is working on a book for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.       
Several of Bearman’s articles have been optioned for film and television adaptation. His 2007 Wired article about a CIA mission during the Iran Hostage Crisis was adapted as the 2012 Argo movie , with George Clooney producing and Ben Affleck directing and starring.  The screenplay, based on Bearman’s article, won the Writer’s Guild award for Best Adapted Screenplay,  and the Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay . The Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – The Golden Globes, the BAFTA Award for Best Film , and Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Bearman was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2014  for his article, “Coronado High, the Story of America’s First Drug Empire.” It was co-published in GQand Atavist . His writing has appeared in the American Best Non-Writing Writing anthologies.
Bearman is a staff writer and editor for the LA Weekly . He was one half of Team USA in Walleyball, a short film by Brent Hoff about a pick-up game of volleyball at the US-Mexico border. He was the editor-in-chief of Yeti Researcher, a journal in the field of cryptic hominid investigation, published by McSweeney’s. He produced and directed McSweeney’s Presents, as a fundraiser for 826LA, a tutoring organization for children.
In 2014, Bearman co-founded Epic, a non-fiction narrative publication and film and television production company. 
- “The Untold Story of Silk Road,” Part 1 & Part 2 , Wired, April / May, 2015
- “Coronado High, the Story of America’s First Drug Empire,” GQ and The Atavist, July, 2013
- “The Big Cigar: How a Hollywood Producer Smuggled Huey Newton to Cuba,” Playboy, January, 2013
- “The Baghdad Country Club, Casablanca Gold in the Green Zone,” The Atavist, January, 2012
- “Art of the Steal: On the Trail of the World’s Most Ingenious Thief,” Wired, March 22, 2010
- “The Legend of Master Legend,” Rolling Stone, December 25, 2008
- “Mr. Romance,” The Panorama, McSweeney’s Issue 33, 2010
- “Can DIY Replace The First Person Shooter?” The New York Times Magazine, November 15, 2009
- “My Half-Baked Futures Bubble , The New York Times Week in Review, December 9, 2009
- “The Perfect Game: Five Years With the Master of Pac-Man,” Harper’s, July 2008
- “Escape from Tehran: How the CIA Used Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Iran,” Wired, May 2007
- “The Gospel According to Rio: Heaven’s Gate, the Sequel,” LA Weekly, March 27, 2007
- “Stuffu Happens: Why is Japan so Crazy / Awesome?” Culture + Travel , March 2008
- “Chest of Lies, or, The Door is the Party: Identity Theft and the Search for Meaning at Sundance,” LA Weekly, February 2, 2007
- “The Great Dome: Scenes from Mt. Wilson,” LA Weekly, February 22, 2002
- “Xianjiang’s Swarm of Giant Gerbils, an Investigation” McSweeney’s, issue 14
- “Grass Roots Democracy Means Getting Some Manure on Your Boots: An Epic Tale of the 2004 Iowa Caucuses” The Believer, April 2004
- “The Uninhabited United States Army: Today’s Unmanned Desert Race-Bots Are Tomorrow’s War Machines” The Believer, May 2004
- “The Uninhabited United States Air Force: The Fever Dream of Military Planning” The Believer, August 2003
- “Total Information Awareness: An Interview with Usama Hayyad, Data Mining Pioneer” The Believer, August 2004
- “But Will it Bring Back the Dinosaurs?” Times at the Long Island’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, Part 1 “Part 2 ” Part 3 McSweeneys, 2000
- “Unnatural History: Fake Fossils and Other Things in the Ground” McSweeney’s, Issue 8
- “In a Little Valley in West Jerusalem: An interview with my father about the Dead Sea Scrolls” McSweeney’s, Issue 4
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- Jump up^ “The King of Kong” .
- Jump up^ “826LA” .
- Jump up^ “Walleyball” .
- Jump up^ “Joshuah Bearman” . The Believer . Retrieved 2008-12-12 .
- Jump up^ “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” . Wired . April 24, 2007 . Retrieved 2008-12-12 .
- Jump up^ “Joshuah Bearman” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved 2008-12-12 . Joshuah Bearman is an editor and writer at LA Weekly. He is also a contributor to McSweeney’s and the Believer, both publications of unusual design and literary note. He has spent a lot of time writing on such varied topics as the Presidential election, treasure hunting, and Mr. Winkle the celebrity dog.
- Jump up^ “Deals” . Publisher’s Weekly .
- Jump up^ “IMDB release info” .
- Jump up^ ” ” Zero Dark Thirty “and” Argo “win top Writers Guild Awards”. Reuters . February 18, 2013.
- Jump up^ “National Magazine Awards 2014 Finalists Announced” .
- Jump up^ “Magazine Writing on the Web, for Film” .