Christopher Lynn Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, Presbyterian minister, and Princeton University professor. His books include War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning —a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction—Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle , Death of the Liberal Class , The New York Times best seller, written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt , and his most recent Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt .
Hedges is a columnist for the progressive news and commentary website Truthdig. He is also a host for the television program On Contact on RT. Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, West Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years .
In 2001, Hedges contributed to The New York Times staff entry that received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Toronto and Princeton University, where he is currently a visiting lecturer in African American studies.
Hedges has taught college credit courses for several years in New Jersey prisons. He currently teaches a course through Princeton University where half of the students are prisoners and half are Princeton undergraduates. He has described himself as a socialist, and more specifically as a Christian anarchist, identifying with Dorothy Day in particular.