Chris Hedges is a Harvard Divinity School graduate, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and an Internet columnist. A New York Times best-selling author, he has written numerous books probing the decline of cultural, political, and economic systems.

Hedges worked for nearly two decades as a war correspondent, covering insurgencies in El Salvador, Guatamala, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Gaza, the civil war in Sudan and Yemen, the fall of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, the Gulf War, the Kurdish rebellion in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, and the war in Bosnia. He received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.

Hedges is host of The Chris Hedges Report, a show where he interviews writers, intellectuals, and dissidents, many banished from the mainstream. He was formerly host of the Emmy Award­–nominated RT America show On Contact. In his role as a prophet critiquing capitalism, consumerism, imperialism, and racism, he has been scorned and marginalized by the media establishment and those in power in the military-industrial complex.

Hedges has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto. Since 2013, he has offered college-credit courses through Rutgers University in the New Jersey prison system.

Hedges was ordained in 2014 as a Presbyterian minister to work in prison ministry. The theologian James Cone preached at the ordination along with Cornel West. The service was oriented towards the victims of mass incarceration.

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