Sarah Kendzior is a St Louis-based journalist and author. She has written for Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and other outlets, is the author of The View From Flyover Country – a collection of essays first published in Al Jazeera – and a co-host of the Gaslit Nation podcast. Kendzior was described in April 2018 as having become "a media sensation in recent years," and having attained a "relatively sudden national celebrity".
Education and career
Kendzior described her education and career trajectory in a 2017 interview with Cosmopolitan magazine. She grew up in Meriden, Connecticut and went to Sarah Lawrence College in the late 1990s. Kendzior has a Master’s degree in Eurasian Studies from Indiana University and a PhD in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. Kendzior began her masters program in 2004, began her dissertation in 2006, and completed it in 2012. She speaks Russian, and her focus of study was former Soviet Union authoritarian states. Kendzior's dissertation was on how the Uzbekistan dictatorship employed the internet to undermine public trust in and manipulate the media.
Views on current events
In 2016, Kendzior wrote about similarities between Donald Trump and the authoritarian leaders she had studied, noting Trump's affection and admiration for Russian president Vladimir Putin before there was widespread public awareness of Russia's interference in the US election. Ten days after Trump was elected president, she wrote an article warning that "we're heading into dark times," and urging her fellow Americans to "write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others... your dreams for the future and your hopes for your children... the struggle of your ancestors and how the hardship they overcame shaped the person you are today.... Because if you do not do it now, you may forget," and also to "write a list of things you would never do." She urged her readers to
most of all, never lose sight of who you are and what you value. If you find yourself doing something that feels questionable or wrong a few months or years from now, find that essay you wrote on who you are and read it. Ask if that version of yourself would have done the same thing. And if the answer is no? Don’t do it.
- Heuer, Alex (April 2018). "St. Louis journalist Sarah Kendzior in conversation with Don Marsh". Retrieved 2018-07-16.
- "Sarah Kendzior". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
- "Sarah Kendzior | Art and design". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
- "Sarah Kendzior". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
- "'Ukraine' or 'The Ukraine'? 'Gaslit Nation' Co-Host Andrea Chalupa Tells Us". TheWrap. 2018-07-24. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
- "Gaslit Nation | Dame Magazine". Dame Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
- "Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior". Retrieved January 6, 2019.
- Jung, Helin (30 January 2017). "How I Became a Political Journalist Working in the Middle of the Country". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
- "From Russia to flyover country, Sarah Kendzior might be the voice we need". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
- Kendzior, Sarah (18 November 2016). "We're heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump". The Correspondent. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- Brigham, Bob (15 January 2019). "Here's why Trump's government shutdown is actually about 'power and money': Authoritarianism experts". Raw Story. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
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