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Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and war correspondent specializing in reporting on America and the Middle East.
Hedges is also known as the author of several bestsellers including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002) -Finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction books. I Do not Believe in Atheists (2008) and Death of the Liberal Class (2010). His most recent book, written with the cartoonist Joe Sacco, is Days of Destructions, Days of Revolt (2012).
Hedges was a correspondent for two decades in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He reported from more than fifty countries and worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times during the years 1990-2005.
In 2002, Hedges was part of the The New York Times team of journalists awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received Amnesty International’s Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. Hedges taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and the University of Toronto.
Hedges writes a weekly column for Truthdig and composed what The New York Times described as “a call to arms” for the first issue of The Occupied Wall Street Journal, the newspaper that gives voice to the protest movement Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park, New York City.
Christopher Hedges was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and is the son of a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Thomas Hedges. He grew up in rural Schoharie County, New York. In 1975, he graduated from Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor and attended Colgate University where he graduated in English literature. Subsequently, he studied theology at the Harvard Divinity School where he studied with James Luther Adams.
Hedges is married to Canadian actress Eunice Wong.
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