Alex Kotlowitz is the award-winning author of Never a City So Real, The Other Side of the River and 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.
Kotlowitz's nonfiction stories, which one reviewer wrote “inform the heart”, have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Granta, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune, as well as on PBS and public radio's "This American Life." His play An Unobstructed View (co-authored with Amy Dorn) premiered in Chicago in June of 2005. He's a writer-in-residence at Northwestern University.
A former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, his journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award (radio), the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (print), and the George Polk Award (television). He's the recipient of seven honorary degrees. His recent film, The Interrupters, a collaboration with director Steve James, premiered at Sundance and began its national theatrical run this past summer, and will air on PBS's Frontline sometime next year.