Judy Pasternak is a writer who lives near Washington, DC. An award-winning reporter, she worked for the Los Angeles Times for twenty-four years, in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, tackling subjects as varied as al-Qaeda’s private airline, a band of right-wing bank robbers, backstage maneuvering at Dick Cheney’s energy task force, and the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way. She has won numerous awards for environmental and investigative journalism. Previously, she worked at the Detroit Free Press and Baltimore News American. She is married, with one son.