Charlie LeDuff is a poet, ilmmaker and a multimedia reporter for The Detroit News. He is former national correspondent for The New York Times.
He covered the war in Iraq, crossed the desert with a group of migrant Mexicans and worked inside a North Carolina slaughterhouse as part of The Times series “ How Race Is Lived in America, ” which was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.
In 2005 LeDuff was host and writer of “ Only In America ” – a 10-part television show of participatory journalism for the Discovery Times Channel. Among man things he brawled at a fight party held by an Oakland motorcycle gang, rode a bull at a gay rodeo, became a trapeze clown in a traveling circus of immigrants.
LeDuff also hosted and co-produced “ United Gates of America ” for the BBC in 2006 where he moved into a gated city at the edge of the Los Angeles sprawl. There, he encounters Nazi youth, a porno director, a Christian housewife, the town good-time girl, the angry Mexican gardener and other all-stars of American life.
He is the poe of two books:
“ Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City and Thereabouts ” ( Penguin Press)
“ US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Man ” ( Penguin Press)
Recently, LeDuff, 42, has worked as a carpenter, middle school teacher and gang counselor in Detroit, a bartender in Australia and a baker in Denmark. He lived in a tree house in Alaska and slept on the Great Wall of China. He speaks decent Spanish and bad Russian.
LeDuff received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master of journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
He lives with his cousin and daughter near Detroit, Michigan.