Hedrick Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, has established himself over the past 50 years as one of America’s premier journalists. His newest work is “The Democracy Rebellion,” a one-hour PBS documentary showing how grassroots citizen movements are winning victories for political reform, state by state.
For the past four years, Smith has crossed America, reporting on grassroots movements in more than 20 states and doing on-location filming that captures People Power clashing with power brokers and the political establishment in half a dozen states, and scoring surprising victories. His website, reclaimtheAmericandream.org, has become a go-to informational venue for more than 300,000 viewers interested in reporting and analysis of political and economic reform issues.
Smith’s new documentary film is an outgrowth of his most recent best-selling book, Who Stole the American Dream?, a stunning account of how America has split and fallen into a dysfunctional political system. It has been hailed by reviewers both for its compelling stories and ”brilliant analysis.” From the enthusiastic public response to that book, Smith created his widely used informational website, written with the fact-checked care and insight of a time-tested journalist.
Before moving into book writing and television documentaries, Smith spent 26 years as a reporter, editor and bureau chief at The New York Times, serving in Saigon, Cairo, Paris, the American South and as bureau chief in Moscow and Washington. In 1971, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Pentagon Papers series and in 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe.
His subsequent book The Russians was a No.1 American best-seller translated into 16 languages. Smith’s next book, The Power Game: How Washington Works, was filmed by Cpa-Sn on President Clinton’s bedside table. Many members of Congress have used it as a political bible. His three other books have also been best-sellers.
For PBS, Hedrick Smith has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series since 1989 on such varied topics as “Inside the Terror Network,” “Is Wal-Mart Good for America?,” “The Wall Street Fix,” “Inside Gorbachev’s USSR,” “Can You Afford to Retire?,” and “Rediscovering Dave Brubeck.” He has won most of television’s top awards including two Emmys, two national public service awards from Sigma Delta Chi, and two Dupont-Columbia Gold batons for the best public affairs programs on U.S. television in 1991 and in 2002.