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Chris Hedges

Article posted on Monday, July, 23rd, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Christopher Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American Pulitzer Prize journalist, and war correspondent specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies.His most recent book, written with the cartoonist Joe Sacco, is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012). The book shows the consequences of unregulated capitalism by reporting from “sacrifice zones,” the poorest pockets of the United States such as Camden New Jersey and the the coal fields of southern West Virginia “that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit”..

Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of several books including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002)– a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, Death of the Liberal Class (2010) and I Don’t Believe in Atheists.

Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005).

In 2002, Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received in 2002 the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, and The University of Toronto. He writes a weekly column on Mondays for Truthdig and authored what The New York Times described as “a call to arms” for the first issue of The Occupied Wall Street Journal, the newspaper giving voice to The Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park, New York City.

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