Alex Orlando is a narrative journalist and science writer based in San Francisco, California. He's currently a staff reporter at the Half Moon Bay Review, where his coverage of commercial cannabis regulations earned him first place in enterprise reporting at the California News Publishers Association awards.

Alex got his master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, with a concentration in narrative writing. He won the school’s Clay Felker Award for Excellence in Longform Journalism.

In his past lives, Alex was a senior writer for Houston's Texas Medical Center and an ESL teacher in South Korea. His work has been featured in The Verge, San Francisco Magazine, Berkeleyside and the Half Moon Bay Review, among others. 

When he's not writing, Alex likes hiking, traveling, cooking fried rice and getting lost in the silver screen. Don't ask about his addiction to movie theater popcorn.