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Roger Thurow Roger Thurow

Senior Fellow | The Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Pulitzer prize finalist with a wealth of experience writing about global food issues, hunger, poverty and international affairs



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Roger Thurow is a Senior Fellow for Global Agriculture and Food Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was for thirty years a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He is, with Scott Kilman, the author of Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Still Starve in an Age of Plenty, which won the Harry Chapin Why Hunger book award and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award. Thurow is a 2009 recipient of the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award. His most recent book is The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change. He has spoken to 200 audiences over the past several years; his recent events are “transmedia” presentations combining speaking with short video clips and slide shows. A graduate of the University of Iowa and a long-time resident of Chicago, Thurow now lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Anne, and their two children, Brian and Aishling.

Industry Expertise (3)

Writing and Editing Research International Affairs

Areas of Expertise (5)

Africa Food Policy Agriculture Poverty Transmedia

Accomplishments (4)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist in International Writing (professional)


Roger Thurow and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa.

Harry Chapin Book Award Recipient (professional)


Awarded for Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty by Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman.

Finalist for The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism (professional)


The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism is an annual award presented by the New York Public Library.

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (professional)


The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is "the first and only U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace."

Education (1)

University of Iowa: B.A., Journalism & Mass Communication 1979

Affiliations (6)

  • Huffington Post
  • Wall Street Journal
  • One
  • The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ending Hunger