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Alex Kotlowitz
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Alex Kotlowitz

Alex Kotlowitz Biography

Alex grew up in New York City and attended Wesleyan University. After a year-long stint on a cattle ranch, he took his first journalism job at a small alternative weekly in Lansing, Michigan.

He is the author of the national bestseller There Are No Children Here, which the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. His second book, The Other Side of the River, was awarded the Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction. For his documentary film, The Interrupters, he received an Emmy and a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. Kotlowitz's work, which has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and on public radio's This American Life, has been honored with two Peabody awards, two duPont-Columbia University awards, and a George Polk Award.

Alex is a writer in residence at Northwestern University, and lives just outside Chicago with his wife, Maria Woltjen, who directs the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights. They have two children, Mattie and Lucas.

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