John McQuaid is co-author, with Mark Schleifstein, of Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms (Little, Brown and Company, 2006). He spent 22 years at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he co-wrote "Washing Away," the 2002 series that anticipated much of what happened during Hurricane Katrina. His writing on the levee failures following the storm was part of the paper's package of stories that won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize. His investigative/explanatory journalism focuses on science, the environment, and politics, and he has won many national awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1997 for a series on the global fisheries crisis. His work has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, Slate, and Mother Jones. McQuaid lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two children.