ALEX KOTLOWITZ is the author of three books, Never a City So Real, The Other Side of the River and the bestseller There Are No Children Here which the NY Public Library chose as one of the 150 most import important books of the twentieth century. Kotlowitz's work has appeared in an array of publications, including The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker -- and he contributes to public radio's This American Life. His most recent project, the acclaimed documentary The Interrupters premiered at Sundance and was awarded the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and an Emmy. His honors include a George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, two Peabodys and two Columbia duPonts. Raised in New York, he's been a Chicagoan for some thirty years where he lives with his wife, Maria Woltjen, and their two children.