Chris Hedges is an American journalist who spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans.
Christopher Lynn “Chris” Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American journalist, activist, author, and Presbyterian minister.
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—Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), Death of the Liberal Class (2010), the New York Times best seller, written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), and his most recent Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015).
Hedges is currently a columnist for the progressive news and commentary website Truthdig, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City, and a contributing author for OpEdNews.
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, NPR, 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 a group of eight reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism.
He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002.
He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and the University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.
He has described himself as a socialist.
Chris Hedges is also one of those rare journalists that don’t just parrot mainstream propaganda.
Hedges was an early critic of the Iraq War.
In May 2003, Hedges delivered a commencement address at Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois, saying: “We are embarking on an occupation that, if history is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige and power and security.”
His speech was received with boos and his microphone was shut off three minutes after he began speaking.
His newspaper, The New York Times, criticized his statements and issued him a formal reprimand for “public remarks that could undermine public trust in the paper’s impartiality”.
Shortly after the incident, Hedges left The New York Times to become a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, and a columnist at Truthdig, in addition to writing books and teaching inmates at a New Jersey correctional institution.
He is also brutally honest when he talks about War, Propaganda & the Enemy Within.
Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt.
Hedges explains the ‘folly of Empire,’ the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system.
Chris Hedges’ Truthdig.com columns: http://www.truthdig.com/staff/chris_hedges