Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges
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Born(1956-09-18) 18 September 1956 (age 56)
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, USA
EducationColgate University (B.A., English Literature)
Harvard Divinity School (M.Div)
OccupationJournalist, writer
Spouse(s)Eunice Wong
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Chris Hedges
Chris hedges blur.jpg
Born(1956-09-18) 18 September 1956 (age 56)
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, USA
EducationColgate University (B.A., English Literature)
Harvard Divinity School (M.Div)
OccupationJournalist, writer
Spouse(s)Eunice Wong

Christopher Lynn "Chris" Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American journalist specializing in American politics and society. 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 NonfictionEmpire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), Death of the Liberal Class (2010) and his most recent New York Times best seller, written with the cartoonist Joe Sacco, "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt" (2012).

A self-described socialist,[1] Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City.[2] 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,[3] 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 has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University[3] 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.


Personal life[edit]

Christopher Lynn Hedges was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, the son of a Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Thomas Hedges.[4] He grew up in rural Schoharie County, New York, and graduated from the Loomis Chaffee School, a private boarding school in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1975.[5][6]

He attended Colgate University, where he received his bachelor of arts in English Literature. He later earned a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, where he studied under James Luther Adams.[7] He was awarded an honorary doctorate in May 2009 from the Unitarian Universalist seminary, Starr King School for the Ministry, in Berkeley, California.[8]

Chris Hedges is married to the Canadian actress Eunice Wong; they have two children. Hedges also has two children from a previous marriage.[8]

Political views[edit]

Hedges is a critic of Israel's policies towards Palestinians, and was also 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."[9]

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."[10] 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.[10][11]

In his December 29, 2008, column for Truthdig, Hedges identified himself as a "socialist" in contrast to what he sees as "ruthless totalitarian capitalism."[1] On November 3 2011, Hedges was arrested with others in New York as part of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, during which Hedges and others held a People's Hearing[12] on the investment bank Goldman Sachs and then blocked the entrance to their corporate headquarters.[13][14] Hedges has appeared on the syndicated Democracy Now! television program.[15] [16] and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. [17]

In October of 2012, Hedges publicly supported Jill Stein, the candidate of the Green Party of the United States, in the 2012 United States presidential election.[18] On April 7, 2013, Hedges delivered the keynote address at the Green Party of New Jersey state convention.[19][20]

In June 2013, Hedges and numerous celebrities appeared in a video showing support for Bradley Manning.[21][22]

NDAA lawsuit[edit]

In 2012, after the Obama Administration signed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, Hedges sued members of the U.S. government claiming that section 1021 of the law unconstitutionally allowed presidential authority for indefinite detention without habeas corpus. He was later joined in the suit, Hedges v. Obama, by activists including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg. In May 2012, Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the Southern District of New York ruled that the counter-terrorism provision of the NDAA is unconstitutional.[23] The Obama administration has appealed the decision.[24]


Book Reviews[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hedges, Chris (December 29, 2008). "Why I Am a Socialist"". Truthdig. 
  2. ^ author bios, Chris Hedges
  3. ^ a b Simon & Schuster, "Authors: Chris Hedges"
  4. ^ Ellen Gilbert (February 2, 2013). "CHRIS HEDGES The News Is Not Good". 
  5. ^ Chris Hedges, Howard A. Doughty (2008). "I Don't Believe in Atheists". 
  6. ^ "Notable Alumni Humanitarianism and Public Service". May 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "INTERVIEW: Chris Hedges". January 31, 2003. 
  8. ^ a b Americans Who Tell the "Chris Hedges Biography"
  9. ^ Footage of the speech on YouTube; Rockford College, May 2003
  10. ^ a b Hedges, Chris; A Father's Gift, The Dallas Morning News, June 17, 2006, accessed Dec 21, 2010
  11. ^ The Nation Institute
  12. ^ Chris Hedges Arrested in Front of Goldman Sachs. Truthdig. 3 November 2011.
  13. ^ Rich Schapiro & Helen Kennedy (November 3 2011). “More than a dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested outside Goldman Sachs, Reporter/Actvist Chris Hedges among those charged.” New York Daily News. Retrieved on: 2011-11-04.
  14. ^ RTAmerica on YouTube
  15. ^ Pierce, Greg (25 May 2003). "Inside Politics". The Washington Times. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Chris Hedges on American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America". 2007-02-19. 
  17. ^ "Strombo, Chris Hedges, CBC Television". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  18. ^ Hedges, Chris. "Why I’m Voting Green". Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Green Party to livestream Chris Hedges keynote at NJ GP annual meeting, Sun. 4/9". Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Chris Hedges Strategy for Radical Change at Green Party of New Jersey Convention on YouTube.
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  23. ^ Kuipers, Dean (May 18, 2012). "Federal judge blocks National Defense Authorization Act provision". Los Angeles Times. 
  24. ^ David Seaman (September 13, 2012). "Obama Has Already Appealed The Indefinite Detention Ruling". 
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  26. ^ New York Journal of Books

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