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Timothy Egan has worked for The New York Times for 18 years – as Pacific Northwest correspondent and as a national enterprise reporter. In 2001 he was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that wrote the series "How Race Is Lived in America." He is the author of several books, including "The Worst Hard Time," a history of the Dust Bowl, for which he won the National Book Award, and most recently, "The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which details the Great Fire of 1910 that burned about 3 million acres and helped shape the U.S. Forest Service. Egan lives in Washington state.