Chris Hedges (Vermont, 1956) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He wrote a weekly column for the progressive website Truthdig for 14 years until he was fired along with all of the editorial staff in March 2020. [Hedges and the staff had gone on strike earlier in the month to protest the publisher’s attempt to fire the Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, demand an end to a series of unfair labor practices and the right to form a union.] He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show On Contact.
He lives in New York City. He has published following books:
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), his bestseller, based on his experiences in various conflicts, describes the patterns and behavior of nations and individuals in wartime.
What Every Person Should Know About War (2003), a book he worked on with several combat veterans.
Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America (2005), a book inspired by the Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieœlowski and his ten-part film series The Decalogue.
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (2007) In this book, Hedges argues that the Christian fundamentalist movement emerging today in the United States resembles the early fascist movements in Italy and Germany at the beginning of the last century, and therefore constitutes a gathering threat to American democracy.
As a son of a Presbyterian preacher, Hedges has a deep knowledge of the Bible which he uses to openly blast the role of Christianity in politics. Hedges believes the far right Christian believers have been manipulated by the high power, allowing for bigotry and intolerance.