William Finnegan, winner of the Pulitzer prize for Biography 2016, was born into an Irish Catholic family from New York and they moved to Hawaii when he was a kid. He remembers going to the church on Sunday and going to beach to surf afterwards. Since his early years, Finnegan has tried to combine his two life passions: surfing and journalism. He has covered the Apartheid, Balkan wars and Latin American Politics: “Power tends to corrupt people and absolute power tends to corrupt in absolute terms. The less civilized people I have seen is the people who has power. And I do not consider the poor good and the rich bad. Insecurity, scarcity and fear make up their own evils, but despite all these, those who behave worst are those with power”, he said in an interview with Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.
Finnegan is the author of Barbarian Days. A Surfing life (Penguini Press, 2015)