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How The Great Depression Changed America


Ted Gup

Chair of Department of Journalism, Emerson College


Ted Gup is the author of A Secret Gift (Penguin Press, 2010) and two previous books: Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life (Doubleday, 2007) winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the bestseller, The Book of Honor: Covert Lives And Classified Deaths At The CIA (Doubleday, 2000.)

He is a former investigative reporter for The Washington Post working under Bob Woodward. He later wrote for Time magazine covering Congress and the environment, and serving as Washington investigative correspondent. Since 2009, he has been professor and chair of the journalism department at Emerson College in Boston.

From 1999-2009 he was the Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism at Case Western Reserve University. Gup has also taught at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. He has been an invited speaker at numerous venues including Harvard, Columbia, Williams, Duke, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, The Asia Foundation, The National Archives, The European Fulbright Commission, The United Nations International School, The Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Center for Public Integrity, etc. He has also been a guest on news programs including those of ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS and NPR. He has written for a wide range of publications, including Smithsonian, National Geographic, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Village Voice, Sports Illustrated, Slate, GQ, Mother Jones, Audubon, Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Newsweek. He has been a Pulitzer finalist in national reporting, and recipient of the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Gerald Loeb Award, the National Conservation Achievement Award and the Book-of-the-Year Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (for The Book of Honor).
He has been a grantee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a Fellow of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fulbright Scholar (to China.) Gup studied classics as an undergraduate at Brandeis and Trinity College, Dublin, and later studied law at Case Western Reserve University, becoming a member of the DC bar. He and his wife, Peggy, live in Boston, Massachusetts and Bucksport, Maine. They have two sons, David and Matthew.

Assigned Reading

Ted Gup, A Secret Gift (Penguin Press, 2010)


A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4335

6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public