ROBIN POSTELL

Here’s a little information about me.

One of my nicknames is “Shotgun,” which came from an old friend who declared meeting me and visiting my home was like getting blasted with a sawed-off.

Getting my hand kissed by this war museum guard in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo by Bas Rutten

I took that as a compliment.

Fighters in UFC wrestling
This story appeared in GALLERY Magazine when the UFC first hit the scene. Photo by Robin Postell

Living life as close to the blood and bone as possible, and writing what I find from doing so, has always been my aim. My life is a menagerie of experience and expression. When you visit my website, I hope you feel the same way as when you meet me for the first time or come visit me at my home. We should all leave one another with a memory each and every time we interact.

Article covering Bike Week in Daytona, FL
This article about Daytona Bike Week was published in Bikini Magazine. Photo by Robin Postell

My father was a prolific investigative journalist/author and I was born writing. At 19, as an undergrad at the University of Georgia, I began interviewing death row inmate Carl Isaacs who had been the subject of a book my father had written. Compelled to understand his work and Isaacs’ crime, I began writing CUDGEL (aka COMING CLEAN), a personal memoir.

Mass murderer in handcuffs following Alday murders in Donalsonville, GA
This photo was taken of Carl Isaacs in custody shortly after the Alday murders. Photo by Charles Postell

During this period I began publishing work regionally and quickly landed assignments nationally – finding an unlikely niche in the martial arts genre covering the then-controversial UFC.

UFC fighter Tank Abbott knees Paul Varelans in Octagon
Tank Abbott entered the UFC in its 6th installment and fought the late Paul Varelans

International travel/coverage was involved. This led to my work appearing in martial arts, men’s interest and lifestyle magazines in the U.S. and abroad. Working with fighters, promoters, and trainers, I became intrinsically involved in the then-unnamed new industry of MMA. From a fighter’s personal life to their pre-event training, my writing and photography made me a go-to person in the sport’s infancy (and now a historian).

UFC V featured superfight between Shamrock and Severn
A Superfight between Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn was the highlight of UFC V. Photo by Robin Postell

Simultaneously, I searched for other engaging ideas and markets that could help develop my interest in travel, people, and writing.

Covering 350+mile adventure competitions like the Eco-Challenge in B.C., Argentina, and Australia, for Penthouse Magazine’s adventure column and dozens of other magazines and websites, gained me the contacts and experience I needed to expand as a writer and traveler. My connections with competitors, race organizers/personnel and foreign entities grew rapidly and opened many more doors. Other races, such as the 6-stage, 7-day 150-mile footrace through the Sahara called the Marathon Des Sables, and its 100-mile nonstop sister race, the Desert Cup in Jordan, exposed me to a level of athleticism and human potential that I wrote about with passion; seeing an 80-year-old run 150-miles in 130-degree temps is somewhat life-altering.

Ruins of Petra
The Jordan Cup ultrarun was held in the Wadi Rum desert shortly after September 11, with competitors crossing the finish line after running through the ruins of Petra. Photo by Robin Postell

In the midst of building bodies of work around the UFC/martial arts and adventure races/extreme athletes, I was also working on character profiles, such as motorcycle maverick Jesse James, as well as Figure 8 racing in Burbank. My investigative pieces on a variety of topics, including NYC-based features on billionaire charity events, the homeless, the gentrification of Harlem, subway performers , 9-11 and even walked on fire.

man running across hot coals
Man walks across the hot coals I’m about to cross. Photo by Robin Postell
Robin Postell interviewing homeless man in NYC
While covering the homeless in NYC, I spent 11 days on the streets looking for interviews. Photo by Stan Mullins

Post 9-11 I traveled less and began working on scripts/TV treatments for a NY-based producer and experimenting with various social media/marketing ideas in order to keep upgraded in an increasingly digital environment. The magazine industry remained, and the Internet had finally become streamlined and accessible as a new frontier to increase my career’s bandwidth. Blogging with Richard Zombeck on his Home Preservation Network (HPN) and BLUZINK during the economic debacle of 2008 and the housing crisis that followed, I exercised the free will afforded a usually tightly-reigned, deadline-meeting print journalist in the infinite wonderland of cyberspace.

Ground zero a month after 911 in NYC
Since NYC was a home away from home, 911 was devastating; I had to go as soon as possible. This was taken a month after the attacks. Photo by Robin Postell

The financial crises, with a warm spot in my heart for mortgage fraud, gave birth to my blog series, DEBT AND GONE.

Side projects include having my father’s three out-of-print, in-demand books republished (“Dead Man Coming,” “Escape of My Dead Men,” and “Lord Don’t Love Ugly”), and finishing my two novels, “Underbelly,” and “Anna Battle,” and my memoir, “Coming Clean.”

Editor, author, investigative journalist Charles Postell
My father, Charles Postell; photo by Robin Postell

Tending to immerse myself in the stories I choose, I discovered bitcoin in 2013 and spent over a year researching it to convince my editors at Penthouse Magazine that it was worth the paper it would be printed on. Nobody believed it would still be around by the time the publication hit the shelves. My original story, “Bitcoin Jesus and the Adjustment Bureau”, in my opinion, was much better than “Bitcoin Basics” which appeared in the Spring issue of Penthouse, 2014.

For many years I was engrossed with the mysterious death of Lowndes High School (Valdosta, GA) sophomore Kendrick Johnson. Stalked and trolled for years, I still get backlash for daring to see the Big Picture of the investigation.

Generally, as it turns out, I do what I want to do, when I want to do it.

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