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 ten 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. Reid wrote a chapter of the recent Japanese best-seller "Nippon no Mirai ni tsuite."

T. R. Reid's newest book: "A Fine Mess -- A Global Quest for a Fairer, Simpler, and More Efficient Tax Code" will be published in April, 2017. It suggest what the U.S. should and should not do as Congress embarks on a major effort at reforming our rotten federal tax system.

T. R. Reid has made documentary films for National Geographic Television, PBS, and the A&E Network. His latest PBS film was "U.S. Health Care: The Good News," which is being broadcast by PBS affiliates around the country.

Reid is Chair of the Board of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, a $54 million operation that serves tens of thousands of Coloradans who are down on their luck. He has served as Kai-cho, or President, of the Japan-America Society of Colorado. He is Chairman of the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care, the state-wide citizens' campaign working for universal health care coverage. He has served on the boards of Princeton University and several other community and national organizations.

"A Fine Mess" - - In print! Official pub. date April, 2017

Following his comparative look at successful health care systems around the world, Reid has finished his book on taxes around the world. Do Americans pay more tax or less than citizens of other rich democracies? (Answer: far less). Could our tax system be fairer? Could it be simpler? (Answers: Yes, and Yes). The new book, from Penguin Press, is designed to give Americans useful ideas as we embark on a national debate about tax reform.
T. R. Reid will have a series of interviews, lectures, and signings around the country for "A Fine Mess" in the spring of 2017


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 New York Times best-seller. “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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