Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor, and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, has established himself over 50 years as one of America's most distinguished journalists. He has demonstrated unusual versatility as a print reporter, documentary producer, author, and lecturer. His newest book, Who Stole the American Dream?, published in 2012, has been hailed for its brilliant analysis of U.S. political and economic trends over the past 30 to 40 years.
In 26 years with The New York Times, Smith covered Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam War, the Middle East conflict from Cairo, the Cold War from both Moscow and Washington, and six American presidents. In 1971, as chief diplomatic correspondent, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe.
Smith's book, The Russians, based on his years as New York Times Moscow bureau chief from 1971 to 1974, was a top American best-seller and was translated into 16 languages. His next book, The Power Game: How Washington Works, was another major best-seller. It became bedside reading for President Clinton and a bible for many members of Congress and their staffs.
For PBS since 1989, Smith has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series on such topics as terrorism, Wall Street, Soviet perestroika, Wal-Mart, Enron, tax evasion, educational reform, health care, the environment, jazz greats Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck, and Washington's power game.