Alex Kotlowitz is the author of "Never a City So Real," "The Other Side of the River" and the national bestseller "There Are No Children Here." The New York Public Library selected "There Are No Children Here" as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. "The Other Side of the River" was awarded The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Nonfiction.
Mr. Kotlowitz regularly contributes to The New York Times Magazine and public radio’s This American Life. A former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, his work has also appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker and The Atlantic, as well as on PBS and NPR. His play An Unobstructed View (co-authored with Amy Dorn) premiered in Chicago in June of 2005. A senior lecturer at Northwestern, he has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Chicago and a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame.
His journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the George Polk Award and the Thurgood Marshall Award. He is also the recipient of five honorary degrees.
A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct., Mr. Kotlowitz grew up in New York City. He currently lives with his family just outside Chicago.