Shane Liddick is a freelance journalist based out of San Diego-- currently on four-month assignment for San Diego Magazine in Anbar Province, Iraq. His focus of the past five years has been Mexican organized crime and human smuggling. He started in newspapers in 1998, with the daily Key West Citizen (he's since worked with the Miami Herald and magazines and newspapers from Maryland to Washington State). Until leaving for Iraq, he was the web editor of San Diego Magazine. He is one of the City and Regional Magazine Association's Writers of the Year for 2007.