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City Club of Cleveland - Ted Gup, Author
Ted Gup is an investigative journalist who has made a career of seeking out the truth and uncovering secrets. In his latest work, A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness - and a Trove of Letters - Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression, he reveals a different and more personal kind of truth: the suffering and hardship inflicted upon Americans by the Great Depression - and the kindness and generosity of one man who tried to lighten the burdens of poverty for some.This "secret history" of the Great Depression is heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and inspirational.

Weaving stories of Depression-era families who were anonymously aided by gifts from the author's own grand­father with his grandfather's own secret history, Ted gives readers new insight and understanding into an America at its best and at its worst. In these pages readers experience the painful realities of lives lived in poverty, unemployment, and despair - the truth behind the economic statistics usually used to portray America's worst economic disaster.

Mentored by legendary investiga­tive reporter Bob Woodward at the Washington Post, Ted has shown in his two other landmark books how the preoccupation with secrecy at the CIA and other federal agencies does more harm than good, endangering democ­racy and inhibiting individual freedom:

Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life
"A frontal attack on secrecy. . . It should be the cornerstone of a concerted effort to build a defense against the encroachment on the public's right to know."
-The Chicago Tribune

The Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA
Named "Book-of-the-Year" by Investi­gative Reporters and Editors.
"Stirring...A well-written example of masterful investigative report­ing..." -The Washington Post

Ted's work has been praised for making the case for more open government and strengthening the public's right to know.

He speaks in a variety of venues, including Harvard, Columbia, Williams, Duke, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, The Asia Foundation, The National Archives, The FDR Presidential Library, The European Fulbright Commission, The United Nations International School, The Association of Former Intelligence Officers, The Defense Intelligence Agency, The Center for Public Integrity, The Smithsonian and many more.

He is a frequent guest on network news programs including CNN, PBS and NPR. His work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Smithsonian, National Geographic, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Newsweek.

Ted Gup currently is the chair of the journalism department at Emerson College.
He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and has received more than twenty awards, including the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Gerald Loeb Award, and the Book-of-the-Year Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. Nation of Secrets won the 2008 Goldsmith Book Prize. He's been a Fulbright Scholar, a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, among his many other honors.


* Professor and chair, Journalism Department, Emerson College
* Formerly Professor of Journalism, Case Western Reserve
* Former staff writer, Washington Post, Time Magazine
* George Polk Award for foreign reporting
* Worth Bingham Prize for investigative journalism
* Gerald Loeb Award
* Fulbright Scholar
* Grantee of the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation
* BA, Brandeis University
* JD, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
December 17, 2010