Jacob Soboroff - "Separated: Inside an American Tragedy" - Virtual Event

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Jacob Soboroff

Jacob Soboroff will discuss Separated: Inside an American Tragedy.

Presented in partnership with The American Writers Museum

Virtual event



About the book: In June 2018, Donald Trump’s most notorious decision as president had secretly been in effect for months before most Americans became aware of the astonishing inhumanity being perpetrated by their own government. Jacob Soboroff was among the first journalists to expose this reality after seeing firsthand the living conditions of the children in custody. His influential series of reports ignited public scrutiny that contributed to the president reversing his own policy and earned Soboroff the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Broadcast Journalism and, with his colleagues, the 2019 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism. Soboroff has spent the past two years reporting the many strands of this complex narrative, developing sources from within the Trump administration who share critical details for the first time. He also traces the odyssey of one separated family from Guatemala, and he joins the heroes who emerged to challenge the policy. Soboroff weaves together these key voices with his own experience covering this national issue. Separated lays out compassionately, yet in the starkest of terms, its human toll, and makes clear what is at stake in the 2020 presidential election.

About the author: Jacob Soboroff is a Los Angeles-based MSNBC Correspondent and Anchor who reports across NBC News and MSNBC. Last year, Jacob spent months reporting from the U.S. - Mexico border on President Trump’s immigration policies, and was one of the first journalists to tour two South Texas facilities housing migrant children separated from their families under the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Amid the separation crisis, Soboroff hosted a Dateline NBC special report, The Dividing Line, a deep-dive into the separation policy and the realities of life along both sides of the border.

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