Dan Baum is the author of Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans, Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure, and Citizen Coors: An American Dynasty.
Born in New Jersey, Baum has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he covered the military, the tsunami in Southeast Asia, and the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans. He’s been a reporter for the Anchorage Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Wall Street Journal. Since 1987, he has worked as a freelance journalist along with his wife, Margaret L. Knox; first in Africa, and later in Montana, Mexico, California, and Colorado. All their work is collaborative; together they have written for Smithsonian, Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, and other publications.
Baum and Knox live in Boulder, Colorado, with their sixteen-year-old daughter, Rosa.