Judy Pasternak is an award-winning investigative reporter and author whose celebrated book, Yellow Dirt, tells the story of Navajo uranium miners and their families, and exposes the government and industry negligence that exposed them to deadly toxics and radiation.
Yellow Dirt was named one of the best books of 2010 by both The Christian Science Monitor and Publishers Weekly. The Washington Post called it “eyeopening and riveting,” adding, “while Pasternak cites a wide array of specialists in fields ranging from geology to nuclear physics, the story unfolds like true crime, where real-life heroes and villains play dynamic roles in a drama that escalates page by page.
Yellow Dirt gives a sobering glimpse into our atomic past and adds a critical voice to the debate about
Washington Monthly notes “As newspaper and magazine budgets for ambitious, deeply researched, morally
Booklist calls Pasternak’s work “a stunning look at a shameful chapter in American history with long-lasting
According to The Los Angeles Times, “Pasternak’s scarifying account of uranium mining’s disastrous
The book expands on a series she wrote for the Los Angeles Times that led to a Congressional hearing and a
Pasternak has written extensively about energy and the environment for the Times, where she spent 24 years as an enterprise and investigative reporter, and for AOL News and the Investigative Reporting Workshop, among others. Her insightful topics include the history of uranium and the Navajos, energy industry lobbying, the pros and cons of various forms of energy, the current uranium boom, and conducting research across cultures.
She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.