"The Working Poor" examines U.S. citizens who struggle to survive, despite their willingness to work hard. Many live so close to the edge of poverty that a minor obstacle such as an illness or a car repair can put them in downward spiral thats impossible to reverse. Shiplers profile offers an intimate look at what it is like to be trapped in a cycle of dead-end jobs without benefits or opportunities for advancement.
Shipler joined the New York Times as a news clerk in 1966 and was promoted to a city staff reporter in 1968, covering housing, poverty and politics. From 1973 to 1975 he was a correspondent in Saigon, covering South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. He was a correspondent and Bureau Chief in Moscow for four years and from 1979 to 1984 served as bureau chief for the Times in Jerusalem. He and Thomas Friedman won the 1984 George Polk Award for their coverage of the Lebanon War.
He is the author of the best-seller "Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams," which won the Overseas Press Club Award in 1983. He also wrote "Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land," which explores the mutual perceptions and relationships between Arabs and Jews in Israel and the West Bank. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. He was the executive producer, writer and narrator of the PBS documentary on "Arab and Jew" which won the 1990 DuPont-Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism, and the film "Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land," which aired on PBS in 2002.
Shipler was the chief diplomatic correspondent in the Times Washington Bureau until 1988. He then spent two years as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing on transitions to democracy in Russia and Eastern Europe for The New Yorker and other publications. Following the publication of "A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, he was one of three authors invited by President Bill Clinton to participate in his first town meeting on race.
Shipler has a bachelors and masters degree from Dartmouth College and has taught at Princeton University, American University and has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California.
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