Johann Hari

Johann Hari

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1979 - present

Johann Hari is an award-winning author and journalist who has written over the past decade for some of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Independent, The Guardian, the Spectator, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Melbourne Age, and Politico. After his stint at The Independent, he has since written books on the topics of depression, the war on drugs, and the effect of technology on attention spans. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, and the Executive Producer of an Oscar-nominated movie and an eight-part TV series starring Samuel L. Jackson. His books have been translated into 38 languages, and been praised by a broad range of people, from Oprah to Noam Chomsky, from Elton John to Naomi Klein. His book, Lost Connections, was described by the British Journal of General Practice as “one of the most important texts of recent years”. One of the top-rated TED talkers of all time, Johann’s TED talks have been viewed more than 80 million times.


  • Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again (2022)

  • Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions (20108)

  • Chasing the Scream: The Inspiration for the Feature Film "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (The Opposite of Addiction is Connection) (2015)


  • His books are being developed for film and television, and have been translated into over 35 languages.

  • His first book "Chasing the Scream" was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film "The United States vs. Billie Holiday."

  • "Chasing the Scream" has also been adapted into a documentary series which is available to view now.

  • These adaptations have received praise from a very broad range of people including Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Tucker Carlson, Elton John, Naomi Klein and Glenn Greenwald.


  • 2013 Young Journalist of the Year

  • 2010 Amnesty International Media Awards' Newspaper Journalist of the Year

  • 2010 Stonewall Awards' Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism

  • 2009 Comment Awards' Cultural Commentator of the Year

  • 2009 The Daily Telegraph's Britain's Most Prominent People on the Left

  • 2008 Environmental Press Awards' The Orwell Prize for Political Journalism


  • He frequently appeared on the BBC Two program, The Review Show, as an art critic.

  • He has appeared on leading TV shows, including HBO's Realtime with Bill Maher.

  • He has also appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, The Joe Rogan Podcast, the BBC’s Question Time, and many other popular shows.