Tariq joined Purch's team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, covering human spaceflight, exploration and space science. He became 's Managing Editor in 2009. Before joining , Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Google+ , Twitter and on Facebook .