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Terry McDermott Terry McDermott

Terry McDermott is a writer in Southern California. McDermott is the author of 101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for Memory (2010) and Perfect Soldiers: The Hijackers – Who They Were, Why They Did It (2005), called by the Washington Post the definitive examination of the September 11 attacks against the United States. He worked as a reporter at eight newspapers over 30 years, the final ten at the Los Angeles Times where he was a national correspondent. He has reported from more than 20 countries. He has covered county zoning boards, state legislatures, and the peculiar culture of the Los Angeles Police Department. He has specialized in long-term projects, often immersing himself in an assignment for months or occasionally years. He has written on an enormous range of subjects: the financing, design and construction of skyscrapers; the search for a rare molecule; the California Dream; and growing coffee in Indonesia among them. His stories are heavily reported, textured, place-based and complex, written in a strong, distinctive voice. He has won numerous journalism awards from a variety of organizations, including those that honor writing about economics, science and music. McDermott is a native of the Midwest who in addition to journalism has worked as a carpenter, a political campaign manager and an interpreter of satellite imagery in the U.S. Air Force. He has a graduate degree in urban studies.

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