Mellissa Fung

Journalist | Bestselling Author of Under an Afghan Sky

Mellissa Fung is a veteran correspondent and bestselling author. She covered the war in Afghanistan for the CBC, and also produced the award-winning documentaries Canada’s Ugly Secret and No Country for Horses. Her bestselling book, Under an Afghan Sky, chronicles her experience as a hostage after she was kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2008. She speaks with passion on human rights (with particular attention paid to women and children), development issues, current events, and her personal experiences as a journalist.

In addition to the CBC, her work has appeared in The Walrus, The Toronto Star, GlobalPost, and PBS among other publications. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Gracie award, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association award for documentary, and several radio and television News Directors awards.

She is a sought-after speaker and has been featured as a keynote for organizations ranging from American Bar Association, the Canadian Department of National Defense, Women for Women in Afghanistan, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Fung earned an MS in journalism from Columbia University and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Global Reporting Centre.

Human Rights and Afghanistan

Mellissa Fung draws on her extensive background as a journalist in Afghanistan to discuss the importance of human rights for women and children in the nation, as well as for those in other war-torn places.