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Christopher Lynn "Chris" Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American Presbyterian minister, journalist (specializing in American politics and society), activist and humanitarian. Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of several books including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002)—a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction—Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), Death of the Liberal Class (2010) and his most recent New York Times best seller, written with the cartoonist Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012).Hedges is currently a columnist for the progressive news and commentary website Truthdig, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City, and a contributing author for OpEdNews. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for the Christian Science Monitor, NPR, the Dallas Morning News, and the New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005).In 2002, Hedges was part of a group of eight reporters at the New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize 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, Princeton University and the University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey. He writes a weekly column on Mondays for Truthdig and authored what the New York Times described as "a call to arms" for the first issue of the Occupied Wall Street Journal, a newspaper associated with the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park, New York City. He is a political activist who has described himself as a socialist and as an anarchist.On October 5, 2014, Chris Hedges was ordained a minister within the Presbyterian Church and installed as Associate Pastor at the Second Presbyterian Church Elizabeth in Elizabeth New Jersey, after having been rejected for ordination by a Presbyterian ordination committee thirty years prior. At that time, the committee deemed Hedges' declared call to journalism to be an invalid call. Wikipedia