Award-Winning Journalist, Professor, Author of A Secret Gift
Ted Gup has made a career of seeking out the truth and uncovering secrets. In his latest work, he reveals a different and more personal kind of truth: the suffering and hardship inflicted upon Americans by the Great Depression — and the kindness and generosity of one man who tried to lighten the burdens of poverty for some:
A Secret Gift: How One Manís Kindness — and a Trove of Letters — Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
This "secret history" of the Great Depression is heart-wrenching,
heartwarming, and inspirational.
In these pages readers experience the painful realities of lives lived in poverty, unemployment, and despair — the truth behind the economic statistics usually used to portray Americaís worst economic disaster. For more information on the book, click here.
Mentored by legendary investigative reporter Bob Woodward at the Washington Post, Ted has shown in his two other landmark books how the preoccupation with secrecy at the CIA and other federal agencies does more harm than good, endangering democracy and inhibiting individual freedom:
Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life
"A frontal attack on secrecy... It should be the cornerstone of a concerted effort to build a defense against the encroachment on the public's right to know."
— The Chicago Tribune
"Makes clear the danger of out-of-control secrecy."
— The Plain Dealer
Named "Book-of-the-Year" by Investigative Reporters and Editors.
"Stirring...A well-written example of masterful investigative reporting..."
— The Washington Post
He speaks in a variety of venues, including Harvard, Columbia, Williams, Duke, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, The Asia Foundation, The National Archives, The FDR Presidential Library, The European Fulbright Commission, The United Nations International School, The Association of Former Intelligence Officers, The Defense Intelligence Agency, The Center for Public Integrity, The Smithsonian, and many more.
He is a frequent guest on network news programs including CNN, PBS and NPR. His work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Smithsonian, National Geographic, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Newsweek.
Ted Gup currently is the chair of the journalism department at Emerson college.
He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and has received more than twenty awards, including the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Gerald Loeb Award, and the Book-of-the-Year Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. Nation of Secrets won the 2008 Goldsmith Book Prize. Heís been a Fulbright Scholar, a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, among his many other honors.
- Professor and chair, Journalism Department, Emerson College.
- Formerly Professor of Journalism, Case Western Reserve
- Former staff writer, Washington Post, Time Magazine
- George Polk Award for foreign reporting
- Worth Bingham Prize for investigative journalism
- Gerald Loeb Award
- Fulbright Scholar
- Grantee of the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation
- BA, Brandeis University
- JD, Case Western Reserve University School of Law