mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


I Got Shot in New Orleans

I was attending a “second line” street parade in New Orleans on Mother’s Day when pistol shots rang out just a few feet behind me and the crowd quickly scattered. The shootings sent 20 people to the hospital. I was lucky: I only got shot in the leg, and since the bullet miraculously didn’t hit any arteries, veins, nerves or bone, the doctor decided to leave it in there. Alas, another journalist, Deborah Cotton of the local weekly paper, “The Gambit,” was much more seriously wounded, eventually losing a kidney in surgery. But I refuse to allow this deplorable incident to turn me against the magical, essential city of New Orleans. And, as I argue in this piece for The Nation, you shouldn’t make that mistake either. America needs a New Orleans that works.


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Hertsgaard’s latest book, HOT, describes how his five year old daughter and the rest of Generation Hot can cope with the massive climate impacts that are now inevitable. Packed with eyewitness reporting on existing solutions for "avoiding the unmanageable and managing the unavoidable," HOT shows how we all must think--and act--differently now in the fight against climate change. Read more

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Called "one of America’s finest reporters" by Barbara Ehrenreich, Mark Hertsgaard is the author of six books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Earth Odyssey and On Bended Knee. He has covered climate change, politics and the media for leading media outlets around the world, including Vanity Fair, The Nation, Time, The New Yorker, NPR, L’espresso, Die Zeit and Le Monde Diplomatique.