Dan Zegart is a veteran writer with a comprehensive range of non-fiction experience, from investigative journalism to first-person memoir.
In addition to more than twenty years as an investigative reporter for newspapers, television and national magazines, he also authored an intimate memoir, presented as a series of letters from a 9/11 widow to her infant daughter.
Zegart’s journalism has been featured in Ms., Playboy, Reader’s Digest, Salon.com and The Nation, for which he frequently covers legal and political issues. He has written, reported or produced for PBS’s “Frontline,” ABC News “20/20,” and the ABC “Directions” documentary series. He has consulted for PBS “Nova.”
He also reports and writes for The New York Times.
Zegart’s first book was Civil Warriors: The Legal Siege on the Tobacco Industry (Delacorte, 2000) of which The New York Times Book Review said, “Zegart succeeds in his ambitious goal of condensing the details of seven litigations, including three trials, into a single strong narrative populated by vivid characters. Along the way, he provides numerous surprising portraits.”
The premier text on the “cigarette wars” of the nineties, Civil Warriors has been taught in political science, public health, and law school classes. To write it, Zegart criss-crossed the country over a six-year period, conducting some three hundred interviews and acquiring more than a million pages of documents.
His latest book, Your Father’s Voice: Letters for Emmy about Life with Jeremy — and Without Him after 9/11, is the story of Lyz Glick, widow of Jeremy Glick, who died during a failed attempt to drive terrorists from the cockpit of Flight 93 on September 11th. A paperback version was published in September 2005.
Your Father’s Voice was co-written with Glick and published in 2004 after excerption in Reader’s Digest. Publisher’s Weekly called it a “beautiful book… unflinching and emotionally powerful,” while Kirkus Reviews said it is a “poignant addition to the literary legacy of 9/11….an act of preservation as much as of mourning.”
In support of books and articles, Zegart has appeared on ABC television’s “World News Tonight” and “Nightline,” the BBC World Service, National Public Radio’s “Marketplace,” Air America Radio’s “Ring of Fire” and “Morning Sedition,” and more than 100 other radio and television programs across the United States and in Canada and Australia. He has spoken or lectured at the University of Virginia School of Law, Wesleyan University, Princeton University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, the World Conference on Tobacco OR Health and elsewhere.
Zegart lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Works by Dan Zegart
The Other Side of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) – The Detainees’ Quest for Justice