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    Heiner Theater

    WCC Hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Hedrick Smith

    Author of Who Stole the American Dream? will speak on campus Nov. 19

    Whatcom Community College (WCC) will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hedrick Smith 6 p.m. Nov. 19 in WCC's Heiner Theater.  Smith, a former New York Times reporter and editor, and Emmy award-winning producer, will discuss his most recent book Who Stole the American Dream? The novel, published by Random House in September 2012, has been hailed for brilliant analysis of political and economic trends over the past 30-40 years.

    In Who Stole the American Dream?, Smith discusses how middle-class Americans have lost their place in the economy. The author argues that many recent news stories—from the housing collapse to teetering banks—are products of a step-by-step political and economic dismantling that began in 1971 and continues today. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is sponsored by the WCC Programming & Diversity Board. Admission is free.

    In 26 years with The New York Times, Smith covered Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam War in Saigon, the Middle East conflict from Cairo, the Cold War from both Moscow and Washington, and six American presidents and their administrations. In 1971, as chief diplomatic correspondent, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe. Smith has also produced numerous prime-time specials and documentaries for PBS.