In Donald Trump’s inaugural address he promised to save America from crime and disorder. ‘This American carnage stops right here, right now,’ he said. Four months into his presidency, editor-in-chief of Slate, Julia Turner, discusses Trump’s progress with data editor of The Guardian US Mona Chalabi, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, and George Saunders, whose New Yorker story Who Are All These Trump Supporters? pictured a country savagely divided along ideological lines, each with its own customised, ‘trusted’ information sources.
Colson Whitehead (International)
Colson Whitehead is an author and essayist. His most recent work, The Underground Railroad, won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. A #1 New York Times bestseller, it was on President ObamaÕs 2016 Summer Reading List and was the selection for Oprah WinfreyÕs Book Club. He is also the author of five other novels and two works of non-fiction, including Zone One; Sag Harbor; The Intuitionist, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway; and John Henry Days, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers Award.
George Saunders (International)
George Saunders is the author of nine books, including the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University. Fox 8 is his latest book.
Mona Chalabi (International)
Mona Chalabi is a data journalist. She is the data editor of The Guardian US and a columnist at New York Magazine. As well as co-producing a four-part documentary series about vaginas, Mona has written for TV shows on National Geographic, the BBC and VICE. In 2016, MonaÕs data sketches were commended by the Royal Statistical Society. The drawings, which are designed to make numbers more relatable, can be viewed on her Instagram account. Before getting into journalism, Mona worked in the nonprofit sector, first at the Bank of England, then Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration.
Julia Turner (International)
Julia Turner is editor-in-chief of Slate, the award-winning site known for its surprising and witty take on news, culture, politics, business and technology. Under TurnerÕs leadership, Slate has received three National Magazine Award nominations, a George Polk award, and other accolades. Turner is a co-host of SlateÕs Culture Gabfest podcast, which was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Turner also writes on culture, technology and design, and her coverage of Mad Men won an Online Journalism Award for commentary.