@AriBerman—Political Writer—Then and Now

Ari Berman

Ari Berman, courtesy of Ports Bishop (cropped)

I updated an earlier post with links to Ari Berman’s new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America; his NY Times Op-Ed piece; Democracy Now interview; Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross; and his invitation to participate at The White House panel commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in the presence of President Barack Obama. I added those White House photos, as well as links to PDFs of Time Magazine’s The Nutshell; and articles in The Fairfield Ledger and Fairfield Weekly Reader. Originally posted http://wp.me/pD0BA-1sN. See Comments below for additional coverage like IPR, NYT, and WP.

Here is a quote from Rep. John Lewis, in a Washington Post article reviewing Ari’s book: “A must-read…This book should become a primer for every American…It is the first history of the contemporary voting rights movement in the United States. It is long overdue, but Berman’s extensive reporting makes it well worth the wait.”

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Ari Berman: On Becoming a Political Writer

Going Off the Beaten Path for “Herding Donkeys”

by Cheryl Fusco Johnson

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.

Ari Berman, born in New York City, raised in Fairfield, Iowa, and a former high school journalism student of mine, recently penned Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010).  Released last month, his book has already garnered a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and laudatory comments from political writers Jonathan Alter, John Heilemann, Joe Conason, and Michael Tomasky. While visiting Fairfield recently to attend his ten-year high school reunion, Ari sat down with me for a chat.

When you attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, did you plan to become a political reporter?

When I went to journalism…

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4 Responses to “@AriBerman—Political Writer—Then and Now”

  1. Ken Chawkin Says:

    Ben Kieffer interviewed Ari Berman on River To River, Monday, August 24, 2015 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/give-us-vote-50-years-after-voting-rights-act


  2. Ken Chawkin Says:

    The New York Times Sunday Book Review, August 25: ‘Give Us the Ballot,’ by Ari Berman http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/books/review/give-us-the-ballot-by-ari-berman.html?smid=tw-nytbooks&smtyp=cur


  3. Ken Chawkin Says:

    The New York Times Book Review Podcast Arts Beat, August 28: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/book-review-podcast-give-us-the-ballot/?ref=arts&_r=0


  4. Ken Chawkin Says:

    Ari just wrote to say he was was speechless when he saw that the legendary Congressman John Lewis, one of his heroes, had written an incredible review of his book Give Us the Ballot in the Washington Post. It appeared in Sunday’s paper. Congressman Lewis writes movingly about the importance of the Voting Rights Act and calls the book a “must-read” and “a primer for every American.”

    Read it here: http://wapo.st/1NkIWOe


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