Smith, Hedrick

Smith, Hedrick

(1933–  ) journalist, Slavic specialist; born in Scotland (where his parents were living temporarily). An American citizen raised in the United States, he was a staff reporter for the New York Times (1962–68), part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series; he also won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (1974). Known for combining a readable style with provocative analysis, he was the author of several books on power and politics. He traveled extensively in Russia (1987–92), creating the award-winning documentary series Inside Gorbachev's USSR, and established his own documentary film company to produce the series Challenge to America.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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