Richard Longworth is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is the author of the book, Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism, published in 2008 by Bloomsbury USA, now out in paperback. He writes and hosts the blog, "The Midwesterner," on the website of the Chicago Council's Global Midwest Initiative, at www.globalchicago.org.
Longworth joined the Council in 2003 as executive director of its Global Chicago Center after a career in journalism, most recently as senior correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. For 20 years, Longworth was a foreign correspondent for the Tribune and United Press International and was the Tribune's Chief European Correspondent. He has reported from 80 countries on five continents.
Longworth is the author of Global Squeeze, one of the first books on globalization, and of a MacArthur Foundation report, "Global Chicago," which led to the foundation of the Global Chicago Center. He is co-author of a book, also called Global Chicago, published by the University of Illinois Press. His new book, Caught in the Middle, describes the impact of globalization on the Midwest. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University, an adjunct professor in international relations at Northwestern University and a regular lecturer at Columbia University and is a mentor at the Harris School at the University of Chicago.
Longworth, an Iowa native, graduated from Northwestern and won NU's Alumni Merit Award in 2000. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, won the Overseas Press Club award twice, for series on globalization and the UN, and was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1980 and 2003. He also has won every major national award for economic reporting, plus the Lowell Thomas award for a story on a camel trek through the Sahara Desert. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, has been a speaker at the Davos conferences and for five years was a mentor to StreetWise, Chicago's newspaper for the homeless.