David K. Shipler reported for The New York Times from 1966 to 1988 from New York, Saigon, Moscow and Jerusalem before serving as chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington.
He shared a George Polk Award for this coverage of the 1982 war in Lebanon and was executive producer, writer, and narrator of two PBS documentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one of which won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.
He is the author of four other books, including the best sellers Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams; Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land (which won the Pulitzer Prize); A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America; and The Working Poor: Invisible in America.
David has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of Dartmouth College, chair of the Pulitzer jury on general nonfiction, a writer-in-residence at the University of South California, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has taught at Princeton University, at American University in Washington, D.C., and at Dartmouth College.
He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.