Christopher Scheer

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Christopher Scheer (born September 8, 1968) is the co-author, with Robert Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry, of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq,[1] published in 2003 in the U.S., England and Australia. The book appeared on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and was a part of the national debate in 2004 about the then still popular Iraq War.[2] In 2010, he received co-author credit, with his father, on The Great American Stickup, which also appeared on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. In 2016, he received co-author credit for "California Comeback: How a 'Failed State' Became a Model for the Nation," with Narda Zacchino.


Scheer was born in Berkeley, California. His parents are Anne Butterfield Weills and journalist Robert Scheer.[3]

A graduate of Berkeley High School (1985) and UC Santa Barbara (1990), he co-founded and edited Prognosis, an English-language newspaper in Prague.[4][5] Later, he worked with Oliver Stone as a creative consultant on the Academy-award nominated script for Nixon,[6] as well as several unproduced scripts.

After working as an editor at The San Francisco Examiner[7] for several years, as well as writing for The Nation, the Los Angeles Times[8] and other publications, he launched the news/activism website for Working Assets, then moved on to become the managing editor of the alternative news site, Alternet.[9] Currently, he teaches debate, mock trial, and journalism[10] at Skyline High School in Oakland, California. He is the advisor for Skyline's national award winning student newspaper The Oracle.