Winner, 2006 Drunken Boat Panliterary Award in Nonfiction for "Lisa's Shoe."

Finalist, 2006 Northern California Book Award in Nonfiction for Deep Water.

Deep Water named one of the top science books of 2005 by Discover Magazine.

Winner, 2002 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for Deep Water.

Finalist, 2001 John B. Oakes Award in Distinguished Environmental Journalism, for "Running Dry: What Happens When the World No Longer Has Enough Freshwater?" published in Harper's Magazine, July 2000.

Recipient, Marin (California) Arts Council grant for Creative Nonfiction, 2003 and 1999.

The Mark named "one of the top censored books of 1995" by the 1996 Project Censored Yearbook.

Pulitzer Prize nomination, Los Angeles Times, for foreign correspondence (India), 1975.

Winner, Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for best newspaper foreign correspondence, 1973.

Winner, Overseas Press Club citation, 1973, "for incisive, consistently well-researched coverage of Vietnam and the Vietcong."

Pulitzer Prize Nomination, Los Angeles Times, for foreign correspondence (Vietnam), 1973.


Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, August 2005.

The Mark: A War Correspondent's Memoir of Vietnam and Cambodia, published by Four Walls Eight Windows in Spring, 1995.


"Running Dry: What Happens When the World No Longer Has Enough Freshwater? " in The Best American Science Writing 2001, Ecco Press.

"MUDroom" in CyberReader, Victor J. Vitanza, ed., 1996, Allyn & Bacon.


Articles published in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Orion, Wired, OnEarth, Newsweek, Washington Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, Reader's Digest, and many other publications.

Contributing Writer, Wired Magazine, 1993-2002.


Los Angeles Times correspondent, 1971-1977. Stationed in Saigon from January 1972 to July 1973; Phnom Penh, July 1973 to December 1973; Washington, D.C., January 1974 to July 1974; chief of New Delhi bureau, August 1974 to September 1975; Madrid, October 1975 to May 1976; chief of Hong Kong bureau, June 1976 to April 1977.

Summer Intern at Washington Post, 1967, and stringer for the Post from Yale, 1967-1968.

Other Journalism Experience:

Chief trainer, course in journalism basics sponsored by Indochina Media Memorial Foundation for 15 journalists from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, in Bangkok, Thailand, May-June 1994.


Yale-China fellow, 1968-70. Tutor in English, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1968-70.

Yale University, B.A., departmental honors in American Studies, 1968. Vice chairman and weekly columnist for Yale Daily News, 1967-1968.