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Austin Murphy

Austin Murphy

During his three decades at Sports Illustrated, Austin Murphy wrote six books, interviewed five U.S. Presidents, and witnessed several sports miracles. Standing on Old Highway 40, on the iconic Rainbow Bridge above Donner Lake, he proposed to the love of his life. (She said yes.)


Yosemite Valley moments before rangers were forced to evacuate the park due to the Ferguson fire. Photo: Eric Bissell

Endless Fire Season

Oct 29, 2018 October 29, 2018

On a Wednesday in August, I drove three hours from the Bay Area to Mariposa, California, on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park. For me, this is typically a drive of mounting anticipation—of stoke. Cresting Altamont Pass on Interstate 580, crossing the Central Valley, what I felt instead was dread. Read More