Christopher Booker is a correspondent and producer for PBS NewsHour Weekend covering music, culture, our changing economy and news of the cool and weird. He also teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, following his work with Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in Chicago and Doha, Qatar.
With more than 15 years of experience, he has worked at the Chicago Tribune and the Financial Times and reported from Greenland, India and the Middle East. He lives north of New York City with his wife and two kids, plays soccer and also says that, for now, he can still ollie.
Christopher’s Recent Stories
Politics Oct 30As election nears, candidates court millennials
There are an estimated 83 million millennials in the U.S. -- and candidates want their vote. In the last presidential election, 45 percent of millennials turned out to vote, and the group tends to lean further left than other generations,…
Politics Oct 09Why does Utah have so few female legislators?
Nationally, about a quarter of all state legislators are women. But Utah’s numbers are some of the lowest in the country, with six female senators in its 29-member Senate and 10 female representatives in its 75-member house. The NewsHour Weekend's…
Economy Aug 27The oldest hat factory in the U.S. tells a larger story about manufacturing
In the heart of Amish country, hat makers are maintaining a century-old business.
Economy Aug 27Why some manufacturers are returning to the U.S.
Both presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pledged to bring manufacturing jobs back to American shores as the economy became a central theme in this year’s presidential elections. But some jobs, once thought to be forever lost to cheaper…
Nation May 28How South Dakota is luring attorneys to remote areas
As more and more states struggle with declining rural populations, these areas are experiencing an acute challenge in hiring and retaining lawyers. PBS NewsHour Weekend correspondent Christopher Booker travels to South Dakota to find out about a state program that…
Health Apr 17As opioid epidemic worsens, rethinking how doctors are taught to treat pain
Pain is the most common reason that people go to the doctor. Yet physicians and medical students have limited training in pain management and prescribing opioids. As the nation suffers from an opioid epidemic, people within the medical field are…
Nation Feb 20What happens when Wal-Mart leaves small towns behind
The Winnsboro, South Carolina, Wal-Mart Super Center was one of three in the state to shutter its doors last month, joining more than 150 stores nationwide. For 18 years it had served as the town’s center of commercial operations and…
Nation Nov 15Baltimore reaches grim milestone with 300 murdered this year
Baltimore hit a grim milestone Saturday as the city's homicide rate reached 300, following the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old.