Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Paul Salopek was born in California, USA, and raised in Mexico. As a foreign correspondent, he has worked in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Latin America. His stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The American Scholar, Conservation Magazine, "The Best American Travel Writing" series and many other publications.
His work has won most of the national journalism awards in the United States, including two Pulitzer Prizes; the George Polk Award; the National Press Club Award; the Overseas Press Club Award; the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage in Journalism; the Lovejoy Award for protecting press freedoms; a Princeton Ferris-McGraw Fellowship; a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard and many other honors. In addition, he has appeared as a commentator on the PBS NewsHour, NPR's Fresh Air, and other national news programs.
He is currently at work on "The Mule Diaries," a book about travel, which will be published by Random House. Salopek holds a B.A. in biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.