The true state of the United States, November 2020 | Damien Cave

Damien Cave

TEDxSydney 2020 · 6 November 2020

Four days after the 2020 US Election, without a result annouced, New York Times Australia Bureau Chief Damien Cave spoke to the rise of individualism in America. Cave’s career has given him a front-row seat to study the impacts of political ideologies on populations and in this impromptu talk (Cave wrote it just a few hours before delivering on the TEDxSydney stage), he turns his gaze to where to search for hope within a system under immense strain. Damien Cave is Australian bureau chief for The New York Times and lives in Sydney. His previous foreign reporting includes postings in Mexico City, covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and in The Times’s Baghdad bureau from 2006 to 2007. He served as chief of The Times’s Miami bureau, covered Barack Obama’s successful campaign in Florida during the 2008 election, and has won awards for his coverage of immigration in America. Before joining The Times, he was a staff writer and editor at Rolling Stone and Mr. Cave was among the group of finalists for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. In addition, he was the leader of a small group of reporters that won the 2008 Overseas Press Club award for best international coverage on the Web. A graduate of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Boston College, Mr. Cave grew up in Worcester, Mass. He comes from a working-class family filled with Trump voters.

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