Eric Schlosser was born in 1960 in New York, N.Y. He is an investigative reporter for the Atlantic Monthly, and the author of the best-selling book “Fast Food Nation.” Mr. Schlosser has also contributed to popular magazines such as the Rolling Stone and the New Yorker. He has also appeared on various television programs including Sixty Minutes, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and O’Reilly Factor.
Mr. Schlosser’s writings include the aforementioned Fast Food Nation and Refer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market.
Mr. Schlosser’s awards include the National Magazine Award for a two part series in the Atlantic Monthly entitled “Reefer Madness” and “Marijuana and the Law” and the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for “In the Strawberry Fields.” Mr. Schlosser also received the Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism from the University of California, Los Angeles in the Anderson School of Management.
His previous work, an assignment for the Rolling Stone, entitled “In the Strawberry Fields” focused on the illegal rise of immigrants in the U.S. and the troubles and difficulties faced by many immigrant workers through the strawberry industry. Schlosser’s article drew attention from the Rolling Stone editors who became interested producing a similar article pertaining to the fast food business. The result was the thoroughly written book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal.
In Fast Food Nation Schlosser discusses the proliferation of fast food chains and its effect on issues such as health, the economy, and working conditions. Fast Food Nation has been distinguished as “eye-opening book” with a “high level of reporting and research.”
Currently, Mr. Schlosser is noted to be working on a book about the American prison system.
*Information adapted from Contemporary Authors (V) 229