Timothy Egan is the author of six books. His most recent, THE BIG BURN – TEDDY ROOSEVELT AND THE FIRE THAT SAVED AMERICA, was a New York Times Bestseller and a winner of the 2009 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.
His book on the Dust Bowl, THE WORST HARD TIME, won the 2006 National Book Award for nonfiction, considered one of the nation’s highest literary honors. He also shares a Pulitzer Prize, from 2001, as part of a team of New York Times reporters for their series, “How Race is Lived in America.”
Mr. Egan is an online, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, writing his “Opinionator” feature once a week – with a Western perspective. Prior to that, Mr. Egan worked as a national correspondent for the Times, roaming the West. He has covered everything from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, to the O.J. Simpson trial to the collapse of small town America in the Great Plains. Mr. Egan is a regular contributor to BBC Radio, doing a series of vignettes on American life. In the Fall of 2012 Mr. Egan will be the main on-screen narrator for the Ken Burns PBS documentary about the Dust Bowl. In the fall of 2012 he will additionally publish a book about the fames Western photographer Edward S. Curtis.
A graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Egan also holds an honorary doctorate of letters from Whitman College, and an honorary doctorate from Willamette University. A third-generation Westerner, Mr. Egan lives in Seattle.