After the Rust Belt states of America helped deliver a stunning presidential victory to Donald Trump, many political observers turned their focus to the left-behind workers of the beleaguered region. In Janesville, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Amy Goldstein delves beyond easy polemic to piece together a complex portrait of a town and its people following the closure of a General Motors plant in 2008. George Megalogenis talks to the acclaimed The Washington Post reporter about the domino effects of economic upheaval.

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Amy Goldstein (International)

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Amy Goldstein has been a staff writer for thirty years at The Washington Post, where much of her work has focused on social policy. Among her awards, Goldstein was part of a team of Washington Post reporters awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for the newspaper’s coverage of 9/11 and the government’s response to the attacks. She was also a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting for an investigative series she co-wrote on the medical treatment of immigrants detained by the U.S. government. She has been a fellow at Harvard University at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Janesville: An American Story is her first book and the 2017 winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, and the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. She lives in Washington, DC.

George Megalogenis (Australian)

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George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. His latest book is Australia’s Second Chance. He is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal.