Jacques Leslie has won national awards for his work in newspapers, magazines, and books. He began his writing career at age 24 as a Vietnam War correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He became the first American journalist to enter and return from Viet Cong territory in South Vietnam, and was expelled from South Vietnam for his numerous exclusive stories. For more than two decades he has focused on environmental issues. His 2005 book, Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment, won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for its “elegant, beautiful prose.” He is now a Los Angeles Times contributing opinion writer, and is working on a book about the world’s largest dam removal project.