Jason DeParle is an award-winning journalist who has written on issues of poverty in America for The New York Times for over two decades. His reporting has touched on topics spanning income inequality to the relationship between poverty and educational outcomes. His work earned him a spot as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in both 1995 and 1998, and he received the George Polk Award in 1999.
DeParle’s writing brings facts and statistics about poverty and inequality to life, often by detailing the lives of individuals who are experiencing those conditions.
45 percentage points The difference between wealthy and poor Americans who earn bachelor’s degrees.
From DeParle’s 2012 New York Times piece, “For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall.”
DeParle is perhaps most well-known as a preeminent voice on welfare policy and its real-world effects. His first book, “American Dream: Three Women, Ten Children, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare,” explores and humanizes what “welfare” means in this country. DeParle forces readers to confront the realities of inequality of opportunity, and exposes the ways in which cycles of poverty become inescapable.
In “American Dream,” DeParle draws on more than a decade of reporting, tracing the lives of three women—Angie, Jewell and Opal. The book illustrates the challenges that these women and their families faced in the wake of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 “Welfare Reform.” In addition, DeParle offers a crash-course in the political and economic history that has shaped American welfare policy. “American Dream” won the Helen Bernstein Award from the New York City Public Library.
Jason DeParle was recognized in September 2016 as one of Living Cities' 25 Disruptive Leaders working to close racial opportunity gaps.