Eric Bates joined Rolling Stone magazine in 2003. He has worked for more than 20 years as an investigative reporter and editor. Previously Bates was the investigative editor of Mother Jones magazine and editor of Southern Exposure. Both publications earned a National Magazine Award during his stay. Bates taught journalism at Duke University and served on the board of trustees of Antioch University. He holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, where he graduated with high honors.