Steven Brill

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Lecturer in English, Lecturer in Journalism

Steven Brill, a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, is a longtime journalist and author. Brill’s special report in TIME – “Bitter Pill: How Medical Bills Are Killing Us” – won a 2014 National Magazine Award and inspired his 2015 bestseller, America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System. Other books include Class Warfare: Inside the Fight To Fix America’s Schools (2011), After: The Rebuilding and Defending of America in the September 12th Era (2003). Brill’s latest book, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall– and Those Fighting to Reverse It, became a bestseller when it was published by Knopf in May 2018.

In March 2018, Brill launched NewsGuard Technologies, a news service that reviews the reliability and credibility of news and information websites, with co-CEO and co-Founder Gordon Crovitz. Brill and Crovitz previously ran and co-founded Journalism Online, which created a business model for over 500 newspapers and magazines to launch paid content initiatives on the Press+ e-commerce platform. RR Donnelley acquired the company in 2011. Brill’s also founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer Magazine, and Brill’s Content magazine.

Steven and his wife, Cynthia Brill, a graduate of Yale College who serves as General Counsel at NewsGuard, founded the Yale Journalism Initiative in 2006 to encourage and support students as they pursue careers in journalism.

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