T. R. Reid

Author, lecturer, documentary film maker T. R. Reid

T. R. Reid

T. R. Reid has become one of the nation's best-known reporters through his books and articles, his documentary films, his reporting for the Washington Post, and his light-hearted commentaries on NPR's Morning Edition.

T. R. Reid majored in Classics at Princeton University and subsequently worked as a Naval officer during the Vietnam War, a lawyer, a teacher, and assorted other jobs. At The Washington Post, he covered Congress and four presidential campaigns. He served as the paper's bureau chief in Tokyo and London. Reid has reported from 4 dozen countries on five continents.

T. R. Reid has written nine books in English and three in Japanese, and translated one book from the Japanese. His 2009 book "The Healing of America" became a national best-seller. PBS Frontline made two documentaries, "Sick Around the World" and "India--A Second Opinion" following Reid as he did the reporting for that book.

T. R. Reid has made documentary films for National Geographic Television, PBS, and the A&E Network. His film "U.S. Health Care: The Good News" premiered on the national PBS network in 2012.

Reid is a member of the board of the Health Research and Education Trust, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the University of Colorado Medical School, and other community and educational institutions. He is Kai-cho, or President, of the Japan-America Society of Colorado.

New PBS Film


"U.S. Health Care: The Good News" is the latest PBS documentary looking at health policy. In this movie, T. R. Reid travels the USA studying communities that provide high-quality health care a far below average costs.

Selected Works

Documentary film (PBS Frontline)
T. R. Reid visits five industrialized democracies, seeking to learn how they manage to provide high-quality health care for everybody -- while spending half as much on medical costs as the U.S. does. "Lively and informative --top-notch TV reporting" --The N.Y. Times
Nonfiction/Current Events
Contemplating Japan's future in the wake of the triple disaster of March, 2011.
nonfiction / Japanese language
This is the Japanese version of the book "Reimagining Japan."
Nonfiction / Current Events
A New York Times-best-seller. It shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States can’t seem to do: provide health care for everybody at reasonable cost.   "Extremely good, and extremely readable. It is the clearest and most useful contribution to the ongoing health care debate that I've read."
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post
“A lively, thought-provoking book.”
The Seattle Times
Documentary film (PBS)
A reporter studies ancient Indian medicine
Nonfiction
“Engaging...a fascinating read...he is amusing, droll and extremely knowledgeable.”
Detroit Free Press
The story of inventors Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, the men behind the microchip. "A triumph of good reporting." --Theodore H. White
Guide Book
The definitive English language guide to Japan's great ski resorts (both outdoor and indoor).

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