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Stephanie Nolen

Advocate for Social Inclusion, Equality & Development

Stephanie Nolen is a veteran foreign correspondent who has covered wars, humanitarian crises and inequality in more than 80 countries around the world. Her award-winning reporting has focused on amplifying the voices of women and girls; civilians in war zones; people living with AIDS; migrants and refugees – the people who live the stories behind the headlines.

Halifax, NS, Canada


The Change We Seek: Making Real Progress on Inequality
Drawing upon her many years of reporting from dozens of countries around the world, Stephanie’s presentation addresses the critical question “Why some countries make real progress on inequality.” 

Current Events and International Affairs
Stephanie challenges audience members to consider new perspectives; she explains the structural forces at work behind situations that can seem immutable in typical news coverage, and she details real-world ways that your actions can have an impact on global issues. 

Gender Inclusion


Amnesty International Canada Award | Long-Form Print

Amnesty International Canada Award | National Print

National Magazine Awards | Gold in Business Category

  • The students came up and thanked me rather than vice-versa, and were positively beaming. One young woman...said she had a new sense of the importance of what she was studying, and a new career objective.

    - Mount Saint Vincent University, Event Organizer
  • Thank you for your lucid and courageous reporting, which we depend on and treasure. It was a gift to have you with us.

    - Mount Saint Vincent University, President
  • Thank you for searching out and covering the problems of humanity at great personal cost...your sacrifice means the world to those you report on. Thank you.

    - Reddit user, AMA with Stephanie Nolen

Summary Profile

“Profound thanks for your insightful and in-depth coverage over the years…research in pursuit of full and evolving stories… and for the compassion and humanity you brought to reporting”

These are just a few of the reviews from Stephanie Nolen’s audience who read her works and see her in action. 

When Stephanie speaks, she tells stories from around the globe, with the same empathy and vivid ability to transport a listener to far-off places that is a hallmark of her reporting. Stephanie challenges audience members to consider new perspectives; she explains the structural forces at work behind situations that can seem immutable in typical news coverage; and she details real-world ways that their actions can have an impact on global issues. 

Stephanie Nolen has explored humanity, equality, economic development and current events from a diverse range of locations and perspectives around the world.  Most recently, Stephanie’s reporting as the Latin America correspondent for the Globe and Mail had her based in Mexico City. She has also served as bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro; New Delhi, and Johannesburg, and was a correspondent in the Middle East and Africa.  She has been recognized for coverage of Africa’s AIDS pandemic; public health across the developing world; conflicts in Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, El Salvador, and the DR Congo; and deforestation in the Amazon.

Her work makes an impact:  she is a record six-time winner of the Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Reporting; she is a seven-time winner of the National Newspaper Award, Canada’s top reporting prize, and 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.”

She is the author of four books of narrative non-fiction; her book 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa won the 2007 PEN ‘Courage’ Award and was nominated for the 2007 Governor-General’s Award for Non-Fiction. In 2018 she was chosen as an Ochberg Fellow on Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.

Prior to her posting 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 an honorary doctorate of civil laws degrees from the University of King’s College, the University of Victoria, Guelph University and the University of Calgary.

Stephanie has spoken to audiences including the Global Affairs Council in 10 U.S. cities; to the annual meetings of charities including Doctors Without Borders and 60 Million Girls; the Vancouver Interest; the Canadian International Council; to international conferences on global health at the University of North Carolina, University of Calgary and others; and to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS in New York.

RT @ErynnBrook: Now is it possible to do that while also building pipelines that desecrate indigenous land, selling weapons to the Saudis a… (2019-09-19 04:52:56)
RT @CBCAdrianH: This really is a brilliant interview with @andraydomise on the history and significance of #Blackface. A tour de force! The… (2019-09-19 04:49:39)
RT @ashleycdye: Sam Smith: My pronouns are they/them Associated Press: https://t.co/8giNaHsjaL (2019-09-14 09:12:07)