R.L. Stollar is an investigative writer at the Eugene Daily News. He has a B.A. in Western philosophy and literature from Gutenberg College in Oregon and a M.A. in Eastern religions from St. John’s College in New Mexico. His graduate essay on the Dao De Jing won him the prestigious Eastern Classics Essay Prize from the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College in 2006. His interest in political affairs has taken him many places, from advocating for public transportation on a state level with the New Mexico Public Transportation Association, to helping the Global Education Fund train teachers in Nicaragua, to helping raise awareness on behalf of public education measures in the state of Oregon.