Jeff Spurrier


Jeff Spurrier, based in Los Angeles and Mexico, has worked as a freelance journalist for more than 25 years. He has interviewed thousands of subjects and has been published in scores of magazines and newspapers. His clients have included the Atlantic Monthly, Details, Outside, Los Angeles Magazine, ESPN magazine, Metropolitan Home, Travel & Leisure, Islands, Fortune, Bike, Los Angeles Times (Calendar, Fashion, Travel, Magazine), Los Angeles Magazine, among others. He was a bi-weekly music columnist at the Los Angeles Times for eight years.

His Irreverent Guide to Los Angeles is now in its fourth edition. He is the lead editor and writer of MTV’sGuide to Mexican Beaches which will be published in September 2007 by Frommer’s.

He has received the Lowell Thomas Award (Society of American Travel Writers Foundation) for the Best Cultural Tourism magazine article as well as for the Best Magazine Article on US/Canada Travel.

A graduate of UC Berkeley in English Literature, Spurrier joined the Peace Corps in 1970 and was sent to Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he met his future wife, photographer Ann Summa. The couple then traveled to Japan where they lived for four years. Spurrier began his editorial career there, writing for the Japanese edition of Rolling Stone magazine.

Spurrier and Summa built a second home in the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. They have ridden for the last six years in the 600-mile AidsLifeCycle bike ride to raise money and awareness for those suffering from AIDS. Together they have raised more than $40,000.