Mirian Pawel is a journalist, author and historian. A native New Yorker, she majored in Classics to gain insight into the past and became a journalist as a way to write about the present in ways that might change the future. After 25 years as a reporter and editor at the Albany Times-Union, Newsday and the Los Angeles Times, she left newspapers in 2006 to delve deeply into history, returning to her passion for piecing together the past in the interest of understanding the present. For the last seven years, she has been immersed in researching and writing about farm workers and agriculture in her adopted home of California. She spent her last year at the Times reporting and writing a four-part series on the United Farm Workers, which led to her first book, The Union of Their Dreams – Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement, a narrative history of the UFW told through eight prinicipal characters. She is currently writing a biography of Cesar Chavez.