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Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris American journalist

American journalist
Wesley Morris
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Intro American journalist
Is Writer Critic Film critic Journalist Internet personality Podcaster
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Internet Journalism Literature
Gender male
Birth 1975, United States of America
Age: 45 years
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Biography

Wesley Morris (born 1975) is an American journalist, film critic and podcast host. He is currently critic-at-large for The New York Times, as well as co-host, with Jenna Wortham, of the Times podcast Still Processing. Previously, Morris wrote for The Boston Globe, then Grantland. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his work with The Globe.

Early life

Morris was born and raised in Philadelphia. He attended high school at Girard College, graduating in 1993. While a high school student, he wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer's teen supplement, "Yo! Fresh Ink." In 1997 he graduated from Yale University, where he had been a film critic at The Yale Daily News for four years.

Career

Morris joined The Boston Globe in 2002, where he reviewed films alongside Ty Burr. Morris and Burr also made regular appearances on NECN to discuss the latest films and do the weekly Take Two film review video series on Boston.com.

Before joining the Globe, he wrote film reviews and essays for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is featured in the 2009 documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism discussing the impact of video store shopping on the importance of film criticism, and how critic Harry Knowles started a questionable revolution of amateurs writing film criticism.

From 2013 to 2015 Wesley Morris wrote for ESPN's website Grantland.

In October 2015, Morris joined The New York Times as critic-at-large, contributing to the newspaper as well as The New York Times Magazine.

In September 2016, Morris and Times colleague Jenna Wortham began hosting a podcast called Still Processing, produced by The New York Times and podcasting company Pineapple Street Media. The podcast received enthusiastic reviews and was named to several year-end lists of the best podcasts of 2016.

Awards

In 2011, Morris won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his work at The Boston Globe; the award cited "his smart, inventive film criticism, distinguished by pinpoint prose and an easy traverse between the art house and the big-screen box office."

In 2015, Morris was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary, recognized for his 2014 Grantland columns, "Let's Be Real," "After Normal," and "If U Seek Amy."

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https://www.nytimes.com/by/wesley-morris
http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/wesley-morris
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/insider/new-critic-at-large-breathtakingly-funny-absolutely-serious.html
https://twitter.com/BillSimmons/status/284752307193798658
http://www.pulitzer.org/biography/2012-Criticism
http://articles.philly.com/1993-06-24/news/25973987_1_fresh-ink-daa-friend
http://www.indiewire.com/2014/02/profiles-in-criticism-wesley-morris-126896/
http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/morris/morrisbio/
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/04/17/boston_globe_film_critic_wesley_morris_honored_with_2012_pulitzer_prize/
http://observer.com/2015/09/wesley-morris-named-critic-at-large-in-culture-at-the-new-york-times/
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-york-times-hires-grantland-804918
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