Stephanie Nolen

2020 Recipient


Stephanie Nolen is a veteran foreign correspondent who has reported from more than 75 countries around the world. Her reporting has taken her from war zones to AIDS clinics, from the mountains of Lesotho to the desert villages of Afghanistan. Her bestselling book 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa has been published in 11 countries and seven languages.

She is a seven-time winner of Canada’s National Newspaper Award. She has been recognized for coverage of Africa’s AIDS pandemic; public health across the developing world; conflicts in Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, the DR Congo and the Brazilian Amazon; and the perils faced by migrant children in Central America.

Her multimedia project on caste and gender discrimination in India won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism presented to the top foreign correspondent covering India. She was nominated for a global 2018 Online News Award for best multimedia project.

Nolen won the Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Reporting in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2015 and, in 2018, for coverage of attacks on Indigenous leaders and land defenders in post-peace-process Colombia. She won the Markwell Media Award of the International Society of Political Psychologists in 2005, for her “combination of creative brilliance, humanitarian compassion, personal courage, and the relentless pursuit of truth.”

28 won the 2007 PEN ‘Courage’ Award and was nominated for the 2007 Governor- General’s Award for Non-Fiction. In 2018 Nolen was chosen as an Ochberg Fellow on Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.

Nolen spent 21 years reporting for the Globe and Mail. Prior to her posting with the newspaper in Africa, she covered development issues and conflicts, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before joining the Globe in 1998, she was based in the Middle East and wrote for publications including Newsweek and The Independent of London.

She is also the author of Promised the Moon: the Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race (2002); Shakespeare’s Face (2002), which has been published in seven countries; and Out of India (2013).

A native of Montreal, Nolen holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Hons) from the University of King’s College in Halifax and a Master of Science in development economics from the London School of Economics in England. She has been conferred honorary doctorate of civil laws degrees from the University of King’s College, the University of Victoria, Guelph University and the University of Calgary. She speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic; made a valiant if only moderately successful effort to learn isiZulu and Hindi; and recently began to study Mi’kmaq.