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former New York Times correspondent, author of several best-selling books, and creator of PBS documentaries, is the correspondent and executive producer of a Hedrick Smith Productionsí
new documentary series, SURVIVING THE BOTTOM LINE WITH HEDRICK SMITH. The series will air on PBS on January 16 and 23, 1998.
In the past decade, Mr. Smith has built on his distinguished record with The New
York Times by creating and reporting on several PBS documentary series that have won both critical and popular acclaim. His most recent series prior to SURVIVING THE BOTTOM LINE WITH HEDRICK SMITH was THE PEOPLE AND THE POWER GAME, which first aired on PBS in September, 1996. His series, INSIDE GORBACHEVíS USSR, won the grand prize, the
duPont-Columbia Gold Baton in 1991, for the most outstanding public affairs production on American television.
Two other series, THE POWER GAME (1989) and CHALLENGE TO AMERICA (1994), also won wide
recognition and his inner city documentary, ACROSS THE RIVER (1995), about community building in the crime plagued neighborhoods of the nationís capital, has won several awards and been hailed as a different kind of
television journalism. PBS viewers have known him for 25 years as a principal panelist on Washington Week in Review.
For 26 years a distinguished correspondent for The New York Times in Washington, Moscow,
Cairo, Saigon, Paris and the American South, Mr. Smith has published several national best-selling books, including: The Russians (1976), The Power Game: How Washington Works (1988), and The New Russians (1990). His
latest book, Rethinking America (1995), compares the economic cultures of America, Germany and Japan.
Mr. Smith developed his expertise on the U.S. government and national politics as former New York Times
Washington bureau chief and chief correspondent. His four-part documentary series, THE POWER GAME, and his best-selling book by that title, are used in several hundred college and university courses on American
Hedrick Smith began his newspaper career with The Greenville (S.C.) News. Then, after completing his B.A. at Williams College and graduate work at Oxford University, Mr. Smith worked from 1959
to 1962 for Universal Press International in Memphis, Nashville, and Atlanta. He joined The New York Times in 1962, covering civil rights in the South. In 1971, as chief diplomatic correspondent, Mr. Smith was a member
of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series in the Times. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe.