Roger Thurow was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for 30 years, 20 of them as a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War and the fall of communism in eastern Europe, 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 May 2012, Thurow published his second book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change.
Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010; he is the columnist of the Council's Global Food for Thought blog. In 2012, he also became a Fellow at the ONE Campaign.