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Olivia Ward writes for the Toronto Star and has reported from the UN, Moscow, London, South Asia, and the Middle East for more than 16 years
Olivia Ward is a foreign affairs reporter for The Toronto Star who has written on international affairs for over 16 years, beginning as the Star’s UN correspondent and reporting from countries around the globe. Olivia has led the Moscow and London bureaus for the Star and has reported from the former Soviet Union, South Asia, and the Middle East, and on conflict zones including Chechnya, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Serbia, Iraq, and Israel and Palestine.
Olivia's incredibly influential work has also been the subject of a number of films. She collaborated on films with Shelley Saywell, including the Oscar-listed documentary "A Child’s Century of War", which was inspired by Olivia's reports from Chechnya. The Emmy-award-winning "The Selling of Innocents,” by director Simcha Jacobovici was based on her reports on the trafficking of women in India. Her last film project with Shelley Saywell, "Devil’s Bargain", focuses on the catastrophic consequences of the international small arms trade.
A short intro to A Child's Century of War followed by The Selling Of Innocents
As a print journalist, Ward has won both national and international awards, including the Michener award for public service journalism and a National Newspaper Award for international reporting.
You can read Olivia’s recent Toronto Star columns here: http://www.thestar.com/authors.ward_olivia.html
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Have coffee with Olivia and chat with about her experiences as a foreign correspondent
Olivia has been through quite a lot. She's been shot at, barely escaped being kidnapped, and all the while delivering amazing coverage - including on US presidential elections, on the Chechen insurgency, and on various Mideast hotspots. Feel free to ask her about current events in Ukraine, her work on the conflict in Israel and Palestine, or how she continues to do this day in and day out. This will be a one-hour group coffee session with Olivia and up to three other bidders.