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Kai Bird

Kai Bird was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement in 2017.

He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who is the author of five books. Bird and co-author Martin J. Sherwin won the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, and the 2008 Duff Cooper Prize for “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.” Oppenheimer is considered “the father of the atomic bomb.”

Bird’s other books have received critical acclaim and popular success as well. “The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames,” was a New York Times best-seller. His memoir, “Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis,” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Bird is executive director and distinguished lecturer at CUNY Graduate Center's Leon Levy Center for Biography in New York City. He is working on a biography of President Jimmy Carter.