Joshua Prager’s journalism unravels historical secrets — and his own.

Why you should listen

Joshua Prager is billed as a journalist, but he’s really a storyteller. Over a decade-plus career at the Wall Street Journal, where he began as a news assistant and worked his way up to senior writer, Prager excelled in writing enthralling tales that had one thing in common: They were about secrets. While at the paper, Prager uncovered the world’s only anonymous Pulitzer Prize winner, the unknown heir of the author of the children’s book Goodnight Moon, and the hidden backstory of how the 1951 New York Giants baseball team cheated their way to infamy, as told in his book The Echoing Green.

Today, Prager is focused on a personal story: the 1990 bus accident that left him a hemiplegic at age 19. His new book, Half-Life, about the accident, explores identity and what it means to live a life changed in a single moment.

What others say

“Prager is a marvelous storyteller with an intriguing message that goes far beyond an account of personal misfortune.” — Kenneth Mathews, TED.com

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Quotes from Joshua Prager

In the end, our mandate is clear: We have to rise above bad fortune. We have to be in the good and enjoy the good, study and work and adventure and friendship and community and love.
Joshua Prager
TED2013 • 948K views Apr 2013
Inspiring, Courageous
What makes most of us who we are most of all is not our minds and not our bodies and not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.
Joshua Prager
TED2013 • 948K views Apr 2013
Inspiring, Courageous
No matter how stark the reality, the human being fits it into a narrative that is palatable — the goat becomes the hero, the perpetrator becomes the victim.
Joshua Prager
TED2013 • 948K views Apr 2013
Inspiring, Courageous