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Roger Thurow

Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture

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About Roger Thurow

Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow on global food and agriculture in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a Journal foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the reunification of Germany with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century–along with 10 Olympic Games.

In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book ENOUGH: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger's Humanitarian Award. Thurow is also the author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, and his most recent book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—and the World.

In 2020, in a Council partnership, Thurow became a Scholar-in-Residence at Auburn University’s Hunger Solutions Institute.

Thurow speaks often on high-visibility platforms related to nutrition, hunger, and agriculture development. In 2013, he spoke about the power of smallholder farmers in Africa at TedxChange Seattle event, hosted by Melinda Gates. Thurow graduated from the University of Iowa. He lives in Auburn, Alabama, with his wife Anne.

The Council is grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for providing core support of Roger Thurow's work. The Council also thanks the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Kelly and Jim McShane for their generous support. Learn more on Thurow's blog, Outrage and Inspire, or on his new web interactive on The First 1,000 Days.

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