A little bit about me.

I’m a writer, filmmaker, and senior fellow at Manhattan Institute.

As a filmmaker, I have directed four documentaries for PBS, Netflix, and international television, including America Lost, which tells the story of three “forgotten American cities.” 

In recent years, I have led the fight against critical race theory in American institutions. My research and activism inspired a presidential order and legislation in fifteen states, where I have worked closely with conservative governors and lawmakers to craft successful public policy. I have also authored definitive research and reporting on homelessness, poverty, addiction, and mental illness in America’s cities. 

My work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, where I have become a regular guest on Tucker Carlson Tonight and other programs. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown and a master’s degree from Harvard. I live in the Pacific Northwest with my wife and three sons.

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