Zack Ruskin

Zack Ruskin is a freelance reporter living in San Francisco. His regular beats include weed, music, literature, comedy, and drag. He’s written the cannabis column “Chem Tales” for SF Weekly since 2016 and reviews new music releases for Variety. His byline has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Merry Jane, the San Francisco Chronicle, Alta, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Cannabis Now, and Marin Magazine

Shanee Stopnitzky, founder of the Community Submersibles Project, hopes to raise awareness of the oceans.

Come Dive with Me

No scuba gear required: A Berkeley submarine collective wants to bring San Francisco Bay sea life up close and personal for the general public.

Forensic sketches of the Doodler from 1975 (left) and 2018.

Rough Sketch of a Serial Killer

Sought for the killings of at least five gay men more than 40 years ago, the Doodler is still at large.

Alta Asks Live: True Crime

Writers Katherine Ellison and Zack Ruskin join Alta’s Beth Spotswood for a virtual panel discussion on true crime, trends in the genre, and the cases that haunt us.

Your Christmas Tree Wants to Live

In search of some eco-friendly holiday spirit? Try fostering a fruitless olive tree, magnolia, or fern pine.

One popular urban explorer target was the S.S. Independence, a ship built in 1951 and abandoned in San Francisco in 2001. Explorers were able to photograph it before it was scrapped in India in 2009.

Trespassing for Treasures

Where others see blight and danger, Jonathan Haeber is the preservationist, adventurer and outlaw who sees exquisite decay.


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