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Famed Journalist Hedrick Smith to Speak


On Friday evening, December 7, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and television producer Hedrick Smith will visit Bellingham for a presentation on what he calls the missing story of American politics — how grassroots citizen movements are winning vital reforms to make our democracy fairer and more inclusive. “Taking Back Our Democracy: The People and the Politicians” will include video clips from his soon-to-be-released one-hour MSNBC- TV documentary on the subject. The event begins at 7:00 pm in Heiner Auditorium at Whatcom Community College. Admission is free. Smith recognizes the flaws in US politics, but the focus of his lecture and videos is on positive stories of grassroots reformers fighting and winning battles against dark money, gerrymandering, voter suppression and the power of mega-donors. Among these victories was Washington state’s successful Initiative-735 campaign to roll back the US Supreme Court’s “Citizen’s United” decision, which has unleashed a flood of dark money into American politics. “This is not a story of left versus right, or of Republicans versus Democrats,” Smith says. “It’s a story of the people versus the politicians — of We the People rising up against fat cats and entrenched power.” Hedrick Smith served as New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief from 1971 to 1974 and as its Washington Bureau Chief and Chief Correspondent from 1976 to 1982. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for the New York Times coverage of the Pentagon Papers and won another for his reporting on Russia. He is author of five books and will be signing copies provided by Village Books. In 1989 Smith turned to producing television documentaries for the Public Broadcasting System. He created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series for PBS and FRONTLINE, including two Emmy-Award winning programs. Join event sponsor Indivisible Bellingham and co-sponsors Bellingham City Club and the WWU Department of Journalism for what will be a stimulating evening.