Dana Jennings, born and raised in Kingston, N.H., graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1980 and started his newspaper career as a reporter for The Exeter News-Letter and The Union Leader. He spent eight years at The Wall Street Journal as an editor and writer and moved to The New York Times in 1993 where he currently is a senior staff editor. His roles at the Times have included ski editor, features writer, and most recently cancer blogger. Jennings published three novels, a children's book, and two works of nonfiction. He lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife, Deb, and their golden retriever, Moxie. He draws and hikes as often as he can.