Friday, September 18, 2009
The Denver Forum Proudly Presents:
T.R. Reid – Foreign Correspondent for The Washington Post & Commentator for National Public Radio (NPR)
Author of and Speaking on: “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care”
1600 17th Street
Members: $30, Non-Members, $45
Phone Reservations: 303-832-9030
Biographical Brief -- T.R. Reid
Tom Reid is an American foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and author of nine books, and his tenth entitled, "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care", will be published in August.
A frequent guest on National Public Radio`s Morning Edition, he is married to Denver attorney Margaret M. McMahon with whom he has three children (Denver is home to the Reids). A Classics major at Princeton University, T.R. served as a naval officer, taught and held various positions before working for the Post.
T.R. is the author of five books in English and two in Japanese. Through his reporting for The Washington Post, his syndicated weekly column, and his light-hearted commentary from around the world for National Public Radio (NPR), he has become one of America’s best-known foreign correspondents.
His 2008 PBS Frontline documentary, "Sick Around the World," under the premise that the US health care system is a failure, looked at the national health care systems of five wealthy countries around the world. The first two countries visited were the U.K. and Japan, both places where Reid has lived while serving as the Washington Post bureau chief and has had doctors. They were followed by Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland.
Frontline asked T.R. Reid to follow-up with a companion documentary, "Sick Around America" which aired March 31, 2009, on PBS. But when it appeared, Reid was nowhere to be seen, and his conclusion, "You can`t allow a profit to be made on the basic package of health insurance", was completely absent from the program.
As quoted by Russell Mokhiber of Single Payer Action and The Corporate Crime Reporter, Reid said "...mandating for-profit insurance is not the lesson from other countries in the world. I said I`m not going to be in a film that contradicts my previous film and my book."
T.R. has been a frequent and highly treasured guest of The Forum.