Tariq Malik joined Purch's Space.com team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, covering human spaceflight, exploration and space science. He became Space.com's managing editor in 2009. Before joining Space.com, Malik was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He is also an Eagle Scout and went to Space Camp four times. He holds journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.