Terrence Poppa is an award-winning journalist and the author of Drug Lord, the Life and Death of a Mexican Kingpin, a bold look at drug trafficking in Mexico that was first published in 1990 and is now considered a classic of its genre. In 1987, Poppa was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his investigations into the connection between crime and government in Mexico, work that led to his book.
He has been featured in several documentaries, including Standoff in Mexico, a PBS production about fraudulent elections in Mexico. His work has been an inspiration for Hollywood, evident in such films as Traffic and in the NBC miniseries pilot “Kingpin.” Cormac McCarthy drew on the work in creating Anton Chigurh, the psychopathic killer of No Country for Old Men. Due to his unique insights into the world of Mexican drug trafficking, Poppa has been widely interviewed on radio and television, including Larry King and the O’Reilly Factor.