"I looked at AIDS in Africa for a long time before I understood what I was seeing."


Stephanie Nolen is a foreign correspondent for The Globe and Mail, the national newspaper of Canada. In late 2008, she ended a five-and-a-half year posting covering Africa from a base in Johannesburg. She had a special mandate in Africa to cover HIV-AIDS, and it was that reporting that led to 28. 

At 37, she is an nine-time nominee for Canada's top reporting prize, the National Newspaper Award, and a three-time winner of the International Reporting award. She was the recipient of the 2003, 2004 and 2006 Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Reporting, for reports from war zones in Uganda and Sudan.

Currently Ms. Nolen has taken up a new post covering South Asia.

Over the last 15 years, she has reported from more than 40 countries around the world, on stories including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Congo; the political crisis in Zimbabwe; the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda; and the resurgence of ABBA. Before joining the Globe a decade ago, she was based in the Middle East for four years. She has written for publications including Newsweek, The Independent, Elle and ms Magazine.

In award citations, her work has been commended for "creative brilliance, humanitarian compassion, personal courage, and relentless pursuit of truth."

She is also the author of Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race and Shakespeare's Face.

Born in Montreal, she is a graduate of the University of King's College in Halifax and the London School of Economics. She is a failed student of flying trapeze, a devoted canoe-tripper and a novice pie-baker.

She lives in New Delhi with her partner and son.