Laurie Becklund is a Los Angeles writer and editor whose books include SWOOSH: The Story of Nike and the Men Who Played There (with J. B. Strasser) and Between Two Worlds, an Iraqi memoir (with Zainab Salbi). She is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer, reporting extensively from Mexico and Central America, and shares a Los Angeles Times Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting. She has also received the Society of Professional Journalists’ award for best deadline writing nationwide. She lives in Hollywood with her husband, former Times staff writer Henry Weinstein, and their daughter.