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Global Issues 2018

Hedrick Smith

Hedrick Smith

Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, is one of America's most distinguished journalists. His current best-seller, Who Stole the American Dream?, is a portrait of the past 30 years of U.S. political and economic history.

In 26 years with The New York Times, Mr. Smith served in Saigon, Cairo, Paris, and as bureau chief in Moscow and Washington. In 1971 he was on the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Pentagon Papers series. In 1974 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe. His subsequent book, The Russians, was a No.1 American best-seller. President Clinton kept his next book, The Power Game: How Washington Works, on his bedside table and members of Congress used it as a political bible.

Since 1989, Mr. Smith has created 26 prime-time PBS specials and mini-series on such topics as "Inside the Terror Network," "Is Wal-Mart Good for America?" "The Wall Street Fix" and "Rediscovering Dave Brubeck." He has won most of television''s top awards including two Emmys and two Dupont-Columbia Gold batons.

Mr. Smith holds a B.A. from Williams College and did graduate work at Oxford as a Fulbright Scholar.