Ann Blackman worked at TIME for more than 15 years and spent three years as the magazine's correspondent in Moscow. She is author of Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright published by Scribner/Simon & Schuster in 1998.
She joined TIME in 1985 as deputy bureau chief in the Washington bureau. Before that, she worked for 15 years as a national correspondent for The Associated Press, covering the Watergate hearings, presidential politics, the Iranian hostage crisis and the assassination attempts on Governor George Wallace and President Ronald Reagan. She left TIME in 2001 to concentrate on writing books.
Ms. Blackman is married to Michael Putzel. They have two children and live in Washington with their Golden Retriever named Muggs.
Elaine Shannon is a correspondent in TIME magazine's Washington Bureau. She is the co-author of No Heroes: Inside the FBI's Secret Counter-Terror Force and author of Desperados: Latin Drug Lords, U.S. Lawmen, and the War America Can't Win. She covers national security and criminal justice issues, including intelligence, terrorism, espionage, international arms trafficking, drug trafficking, and organized crime.
Her book Desperados was a New York Times bestseller and the basis for the Emmy Award-winning TV miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story. The three-part docudrama was broadcast by NBC. A second NBC miniseries, Drug Wars II: The Medellin Cartel, also was based on Ms. Shannon's book.
Ms. Shannon lives in Washington with her husband Dan Morgan, a Washington Post correspondent and the author of three books, and their son Andrew Shannon Morgan.