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Alex Kotlowitz

Alex Kotlowitz

Senior Lecturer

Alex Kotlowitz is the author of three books, including the national bestseller "There Are No Children Here," which was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. Both "There Are No Children Here" and "The Other Side of the River" were selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times.

A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Kotlowitz’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies and in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and on public radio’s This American Life. His documentary work includes The Interrupters, which premiered at Sundance and aired as a two-hour special on PBS’s FRONTLINE. His journalism honors – in all three mediums – include an Emmy, two Peabodys, two Columbia duPonts, a George Polk Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

A senior lecturer and writer-in-residence at Northwestern, Kotlowitz teaches courses on nonfiction storytelling, exploring the beauty and power of journalistic narrative. He has also taught at the University of Notre Dame, Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of eight honorary degrees.

A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., Kotlowitz grew up in New York City. He is currently at work on another book.

Authored Works

  • "There Are No Children Here"
  • "The Other Side of the River"

Awards And Honors

  • Emmy
  • Two Peabodys
  • Two Columbia duPonts
  • George Polk Award  
  • Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award