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Charles Wilson
Works at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Attended Yale
Lives in New York, NY
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This book—which deserved the Pulitzer Prize it won—is an impressive portrait of the Jim Crow South, of the brave work of Thurgood Marshall, and of the dark heart of a Florida sheriff.
This was a remarkable and harrowing portrait of the Jim Crow South, of the brave work of Thurgood Marshall, and of the dark heart of a Florida sheriff. It deserved the Pulitze...
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This is my article for tomorrow's New York Times on the artist Laura Anderson Barbata's efforts to provide a dignified burial in Mexico for Julia Pastrana, who died five years before Lincoln.
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I was moved by this article and her story. I'm doing research on Julia because a Chicago theater company will soon be doing a play based loosely on her life. 
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This is an amazing piece by Dexter Filkins on "moral injury" and an Iraq war veteran's outreach to a family he harmed.
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Mark Lindquist, a Joplin tornado survivor, reflects with me on his attempts to save three men with Down Syndrome during the storm.
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This is a short piece I wrote for The New Yorker’s website on a tornado that struck a school near my great-grandfather’s home in southwestern Virginia—and the poignant song it inspired.
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I enjoyed Gary Wills's "Lincoln at Gettysburg," reviewed below. It is valuable both as a history lesson and as a study of the transformative power of the right words delivered at the right time.
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Five tiny pieces I wrote for this week's New York Times Magazine on famous men and women who took up new pursuits later in life.
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Writer
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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
    Senior News Researcher, 2014 - present
  • The New York Times
    Research editor, New York Times Magazine, 2004 - 2014
  • The New Yorker
    Researcher, 2000 - 2001
  • Preservation Magazine
    Intern, 1998 - 1999
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New York, NY
Previously
Shepherdstown, WV - Washington, DC - Charlottesville, VA - Frederick, MD - Blandford Forum, England - New Haven, CT
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Senior news researcher at "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver."
Introduction
I am the coauthor with Eric Schlosser of the #1 New York Times children's bestseller Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food. With Will Allen, I am also the coauthor of The Good Food Revolution, a 2013 NAACP Image Awards nominee in the category of biography/autobiography. My writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Economist. 
Education
  • Yale
    M.A., English Literature, 1997 - 1998
  • University of Virginia
    B.A., History and English Literature, 1992 - 1996
  • Frederick High School
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