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Could it be only two years since we learned the details of the children in cages at our border with Mexico? It’s so long ago by today’s news cycles, that we can barely remember the horror and shame of the reports of the family separation at the border. But Jacob Soboroff, the award-winning NBC/MSNBC correspondent, brings this subject back to our attention. He was one of the first reporters to show up at what Trump officials called a “shelter” for children, but Jacob quickly corrected any notion of polite terminology to call it something else entirely: a “kennel.”
Jacob Soboroff’s new book, Separated, chronicles his coverage of the story– it was so powerful that the Trump administration reversed its own cruel policy. A rare action indeed. It is a book filled with human drama, told with a riveting momentum. Jacob’s coverage was so powerful that judges for the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism said, “He was able to explain the situation with clarity and descriptive analysis that was as powerful as any visual.” Jacob’s book is as powerful as was his television reporting on the subject. He follows several families and their individual stories, heartbreaking and shocking. The story is far from over, and as a country, we need to stay on top of it.
In conversation with MSNBC anchor/journalist Katy Tur. Widely acclaimed for her coverage of the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, Katy is the author of the book, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.