EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CORRESPONDENT
Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter
and editor and Emmy Award-winning producer/correspondent, is one
of America's most distinguished journalists. He has covered Washington and world
capitals for The
New York Times, authored several best-selling books and created 20 award-winning
PBS prime time specials and miniseries on Washington's power game,
Soviet perestroika, the global economy, education reform, health care, teen violence,
terrorism and Wall Street.
After September 11th, Mr. Smith went Inside the Terror Network with
PBS Frontline to show how Al Qaeda's conspirators organized their attack
and how the U.S. missed chances to catch them. He has since led Frontline investigative
reports, Bigger Than Enron,The Wall Street Fix, Tax
Me If You Can, and Is Wal-Mart Good for America?, programs
that probed accounting scandals, conflicts on Wall Street, global
trade, corporate fraud, and their implications for U.S. markets and investors. The
Wall Street Fix won a prestigious Emmy for documentaries on business.
Making Schools Work is the sixth prime time miniseries that
Hedrick Smith has created for the PBS national program service. On two previous
series, Challenge to America in 1994 and Surviving the
Bottom Line in 1998, Hedrick Smith Productions examined the performance
of schools and students both in America and in such countries as Germany, Japan
and China, to see which nations and systems are gaining competitive advantage
in education in the 21 st century. In the current program, Mr. Smith tracks America's
search for schools and school districts that have been effectively raising
student performance in high poverty areas and closing the achievement gap between
minority and low-income students and the educational mainstream.
For 26 years, Mr. Smith served as a correspondent for The New York Times in
Washington, Moscow, Cairo, Saigon, Paris and the American South. 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. From
1976-1988, he was The New York Times Washington bureau chief and chief
Hedrick Smith has published several national best-selling books, including The
Russians(1976), The Power Game: How Washington Works (1988), The
New Russians (1990) and Rethinking America (1995). He has co-authored
several other books. His newspaper career began with The Greenville (S.C.)
News. After completing his B.A. at Williams College and doing graduate
work at Oxford University, he worked for Universal Press International in Memphis,
Nashville and Atlanta, 1959-62, and for The New York Times, 1962-88.
He was awarded a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1969-70.
Mr. Smith began creating documentaries for PBS in 1989 with an adaptation from
his best-selling book, The Power Game. His second documentary series, Inside
Gorbachev's USSR, broadcast on PBS in 1990, built on his experience
as Moscow Bureau Chief for The New York Times in the 1970s, on his best
selling book, The Russians, and on his subsequent coverage of Mikhail
Gorbachev's perestroika. Inside Gorbachev's USSR won the duPont-Columbia
grand prize in 1991 for the most outstanding public affairs production on U.S.
In his documentaries, Mr. Smith's work ranges widely. He has done film reports
on effective educational reform in Shanghai, Toyota City and Stuttgart, as
well as across America. His programs on Washington politics were not only popular
but are now widely used in college and university courses. Before the 2000 election,
PBS devoted an entire prime time evening to his pre-election special on U.S.
health care, Critical Condition with Hedrick Smith, which was
nominated for an Emmy. He has produced two four-hour miniseries on the impact
of the global economy on the U.S. middle class, Challenge to America
the Bottom Line. For Black History month, he gave PBS viewers Duke
Ellington's Washington. A year later, he created Rediscovering
Dave Brubeck, an intimate portrait of the legendary jazz pianist.
In September 1999, after deadly violence at several U.S. public schools, Smith
produced a three-hour prime time special, Seeking Solutions, that
broke new ground by showing effective grass roots responses in six American communities
to teen violence, gangs, street crime and hate crime. The program
won the 1999 public service award for television from Sigma Delta Chi, the national
Almost all of Hedrick Smith's productions have won awards from film festivals and competitions. The
Power Game (1989), won the international RIAS prize as well as a CINE Golden
Eagle, and his inner city documentary, Across the River (1995), about
community building in crime-plagued neighborhoods of Washington, won the prestigious
Sidney Hillman Award, among others. Five other documentaries have won CINE Golden Eagle
Awards and others have brought home honors from film festivals.
PBS viewers saw Mr. Smith for 25 years as a principal panelist on Washington
Week in Review and have also seen him as a special correspondent for The
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Mr. Smith has received six honorary doctorate
degrees and has spoken at several college commencements.