Steve Hager has been covering the counterculture for over 35 years. He founded The Tin Whistle, his first underground newspaper, in 1968, while still a high school student in Illinois. Twelve years later, he was the first reporter to travel to the South Bronx to document the history of hip hop. Hager became an editor of High Times in 1987. Later he founded the Cannabis Cup and became a leading figure in the hemp legalization movement of the '90s.