An Interview with Great Lakes Author Dan Egan

An Interview with Great Lakes Author Dan Egan
April 27, 2018 Mary Ellen Geist

“The Death and Life of the Great Lakes”

Journalist and Author Dan Egan made waves recently (forgive the pun) with his most recent book called “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.” It’s a New York Times Best Seller, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award.

The book is the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club “Now Read This” April pick.

Egan tells the story of how human manipulations of the Great Lakes and their tributaries ultimately threatened the largest surface freshwater system on earth and created damage that may never be reversed.  He also tells the hopeful stories of scientist-heroes who have stepped in to try to save the Great Lakes, and the way our changing attitudes toward the environment may wind up giving hope to our planet and these precious lakes.

Egan, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is an expert on everything from invasive species to algae blooms to maritime history to Asian carp.

He started out as a daily reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

But who is Dan Egan? How did he get so involved with the Great Lakes? What’s his next project about?

You’ll find out more in this interview as Egan talks about his childhood on the water, and the moments in his life that inspired him to champion and educate people about the five lakes that provide drinking water for more than 40 million people.

We are pleased to share this in-depth interview with journalist and author Dan Egan, filmed and produced by DPTV’s Bill Kubota with assistance from production intern Brendan Buckley.


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