Gordon Mott is the executive editor of Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider. He smoked his first cigar in Latin America, where he spent eight years with the Associated Press, Knight-Ridder and as a New York Times freelancer. He then moved to Paris, where he completed two unpublished novels and freelanced for several publications. Mott was with Newsweek before joining M. Shanken Communications, where he worked with Marvin R. Shanken on the development of Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider. He is a cum laude graduate of Harvard.