Award-winning Foreign Correspondent, writting for TIME Magazine since 2003

Vivienne Walt is an award-winning foreign correspondent, based in Paris, who has written for TIME Magazine since 2003.

She has reported from about 30 countries. She’s tracked the Arab Spring since its first stirrings, and covered the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, seeing Muammar Gaddafi close up both alive and dead within a few short months. After 9/11 she raced to Pakistan, then covered the Afghanistan war, and later the Iraq war. She crossed into southern Afghanistan as the Taliban fell, and in Iraq, she twice narrowly missed rockets which hit her Baghdad hotel, and a bullet fired into her car in Fallujah.

Her travels have also taken her across much of Africa, the Middle East and large parts of Europe. In places as surprising as Timbuktu and the Andes, her interviews have ranged from Nelson Mandela, Saif Gaddafi, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Benazir Bhutto, to bombmakers, guerrilla fighters, CEOs and jailed criminals.

Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, BusinessWeek, Fortune, and others.

She’s regular guest on CNN, NPR, WGBH “The World” and France 24.

Raised in Cape Town, Vivienne emigrated to New York City, and currently lives on the Left Bank of Paris with her husband and their son.

  • Winner of the ASTMH Media Excellence award for her investigation into maternal mortality in Africa.
  • Twice-nominated for the Pulitzer for her work on Africa while a staff writer for Newsday.

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