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Miriam Pawel  

Author of "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography"

Miriam Pawel is an author, journalist, and independent historian who has spent the last decade researching and writing about agriculture, the United Farm Workers, and Cesar Chavez. Her most recent work is “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez,” the first biography of the founder of the United Farm Workers, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and winner of a California Book Award gold medal and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize. Her previous book, "The Union of Their Dreams - Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement,'' was a groundbreaking narrative history told through eight participants in the movement. Both books have been widely acclaimed both in the popular press and by academics. As a journalist, Pawel spent 25 years as an award-winning reporter and editor on both coasts, directing coverage that won Pulitzer prizes at Newsday for the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 and at the Los Angeles Times for the deadly 2003 wildfires. She has been a fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation and a John Jacobs fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies and was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to complete her work on the Chavez biography. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Classics.

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