Journalist, author

Alissa writes about: Economics, Society

Alissa Quart is the author of six books, most recently the acclaimed Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018). Her other nonfiction books include Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers (Basic Books, 2004) and two books of poetry, the newest entitled Thoughts and Prayers (O/R Books, 2019). For the last six years, she has been executive director of the journalism nonprofit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and writes frequently for many publications, among them The New York Times and The Guardian. In 2018, she won an Emmy for executive producing the documentary “Jackson.” She has also taught journalism at many universities, most recently at her alma mater, Brown University, and was the recipient of a 2010 Nieman Fellowship.

The mantra of my investigation into economic insecurity: it’s not your fault.


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