Diana Marcum

Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Diana Marcum writes about life in the small towns and rural areas of California for the Los Angeles Times. In 2015, she won the Pulitzer Prize for narrative portraits of farm workers, farmers and others in California’s drought-stricken Central Valley. Marcum is the author of The Tenth Island, Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

The Land of Dreams and Drought

Jul 17 2019 - 6:30pm

The California dream, with its promise of never-ending sunshine, fertile soil and rivers running with gold, has been beckoning people west for over two hundred years. But making that dream come true for an ever-increasing population has taken its toll on the landscape. Is the California dream coming to an end?

California’s Story: How Did It Get Here?

California has long been on the frontlines of environmental protection. These days, however, the state is also on the frontlines of a destabilized climate, careening between record drought and extreme rainfall, while its largest electric utility shuts off power to more than a million residents to avoid more damage from climate-amplified megafires.