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Sebastian Modak is a writer and multimedia journalist who finds and tells stories about travel, culture, the arts, science, and technology. Before going freelance, he worked for three years at Condé Nast Traveler where he was first an editor and then a staff writer. He’s currently based in New York City.

Prior to joining Condé Nast Traveler, Sebastian was a producer on the MTV World series Rebel Music. In 2013, Sebastian was the recipient of a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship, which allowed him to travel to Botswana, where he spent a year documenting the local hip-hop scene. He also worked at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over two years as a writer and researcher.

Besides Botswana and the U.S., Sebastian has lived in Hong Kong, Australia, India, and Indonesia, and traveled to over 60 countries. He’s of mixed Colombian and Indian heritage. “Where are you from?” is a complicated question.

When he’s not writing, Sebastian is probably playing the drums. Over the years, he has performed, recorded, and toured in several bands, ranging from noise rock to experimental hip-hop. He currently works as the drummer for David Duchovny.

Sebastian has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in English and History and minored in Music and African Studies.

You can follow Sebastian at @sebmodak on Twitter and Instagram.


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