|T. R. Reid|
Reid at Miller Center, 2011
|Born||Thomas Roy Reid III|
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
Documentary film correspondent
|Employer||The Washington Post|
|Known for||NPR Morning Edition frequent guest|
|Notable work(s)|| • The Healing of America
• The Chip
|Spouse(s)||Margaret M. McMahon|
T. R. Reid (born Thomas Roy Reid III) is an American reporter, documentary film correspondent, and author. He is also a frequent guest on National Public Radio (NPR)'s Morning Edition. He is married to attorney Margaret M. McMahon, with whom he has three children. He reports for The Washington Post and has a syndicated weekly column. Reid currently lives in Denver, Colorado.
Reid, a Classics major at Princeton University, served as a naval officer, taught, and held various positions before working for The Washington Post. At the Post, he covered congress and four Presidential election campaigns, and was chief of the Post's London and Tokyo bureaus. He has also taught at Princeton and the University of Michigan. His experiences in Japan led him to write Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West, which argued that Confucian values of family devotion, education, and long-term relations, which still permeate East Asian societies, contributed to their social stability. He is now the Post's Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief. A 2007 Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow in health, he is a member of the board of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and the University of Colorado Medical School.
Reid won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1982 writing about the U.S. semiconductor industry.
Frontline documentaries on health care
His 2008 documentary for the U.S. television series Frontline, Sick Around the World, looked at the comprehensive health care systems of five developed economies from around the world. The first two countries visited were the United Kingdom and Japan, where he had previously lived, worked, and also received medical care. They were followed by Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland.
Frontline asked Reid to follow up with a companion documentary, Sick Around America, which aired March 31, 2009, on PBS. However, Reid parted company with PBS before the film was finished when his conclusion, quoted by Russell Mokhiber in CounterPunch that "You can't allow a profit to be made on the basic package of health insurance," was omitted from the program. Instead, Reid argued that the film came off as supporting mandated private-insurance coverage. Reid was quoted as saying "...mandating for-profit insurance is not the lesson from other countries in the world. I said I'm not going to be in a film that contradicts my previous film and my book." PBS responded to these criticisms, stating that "Frontline takes a strongly different view of the characterization of its editorial disagreement with T. R. Reid as presented by Reid and Russell Mokhiber." It argued that Reid had misrepresented the role of a key respondent in the film, the extent of Reid's role in making the film, and the balance PBS had sought to present. Reid used his right of reply to challenge PBS's characterization of their and his own position.
- Reid, T. R. (2009). The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care. The Penguin Press. ISBN 978-1-59420-234-6.
- Reid, T. R. (2004). United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-1-59420-033-5.
- Reid, T. R. (2001). The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution (Rev. ed.). Random House. ISBN 978-0-375-75828-7.
- Reid, T. R. (2000). Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-77760-1.
- Inamori, Kazuo (1997). For People and for Profit: A Business Philosophy for the 21st Century. T. R. Reid, trans. Kodansha International. ISBN 978-4-7700-2030-7. Translation of:
- Reid, Tom R. (1996). Nippon Kenbunroku: Daisuki na Nihonjin e Okuru Shin Kaikokuron [Heisei Highs and Lows]. Bilingual Books, 8 (in Japanese and English). Kodansha International. ISBN 978-4-7700-2092-5.
- Reid, T. R. (1994). Ski Japan!. Kodansha International. ISBN 978-4-7700-1680-5.
- Reid, T. R.; Kenshi Hirokane (1993). Seiko Hoteishiki [The Formula for Success] (in Japanese). ?.
- Reid, T. R. (1994). Tomu no Me Tomu no Mimi: Nihonjin no Kigatsukanai Nippon no Sugata (in Japanese). Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-06-206677-8.
- Reid, T. R. (1985). Microchip: The Story of a Revolution and the Men Who Made it. Pan Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-330-29338-9.
- Reid, T. R. (1984). The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution (1st ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-45393-0.
- Reid, T. R. (1980). Congressional Odyssey. W. H. Freeman & Co. ISBN 978-0-7167-1171-1.
- "Global Focus: TALK ABOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
- "Featured Profile: T. R. Reid, Correspondent". Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- "T.R. Reid: Looking Overseas For 'Healing Of America'". Fresh Air. National Public Radio. August 24, 2009.
- George, Don (April 21, 1999). "Expatriates on Japan". Salon.com.
- "Previous Fellows and Their Work". Kaiser Family Foundation.
- Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship
- "Q&A with correspondent T.R. Reid". PBS.
- Hale, Mike (2008-04-15). "Lower Insurance Premiums and Better Care: Un-American Health Delivery". The New York Times.
- "When the producer’s take diverges from the reporter’s". Current. April 27, 2009.
- Mokhiber, Russell (2009-04-02). "Something Is Rotten at PBS". CounterPunch.
- "Editor's Response". PBS. March 31, 2009.
- "Best Sellers: Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. September 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
- Sick Around the World website
- Interview of T.R. Reid by Terry Gross on Fresh Air
- Booknotes interview with Reid on Confucius Lives Next Door, May 16, 1999.
- In Depth interview with Reid, March 7, 2010
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Reid, September 6, 2009
- "T.R. Reid addresses The Commonwealth Club of California" San Francisco, CA, Sept. 14, 2009
- Feature-length radio interview with KGNU Claudia Cragg on 'The Global Quest for Healthcare'