Paul Salopek

Paul Salopek (born February 9, 1962 in Barstow, California)[1] is a journalist and writer from the United States.[2][3][4] He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and was raised in central Mexico.[5] Salopek has reported globally for the Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, National Geographic Magazine and many other publications.[6] In January 2013, Salopek embarked on the "Out of Eden Walk", a seven-year walk along one of the routes taken by early humans to migrate out of Africa, a transcontinental foot journey that will cover more than 20,000 miles funded by the National Geographic Society, the Knight Foundation and the Abundance Foundation.

Paul Salopek
Paul Salopek in New Delhi, India
Paul Salopek in New Delhi, India
BornFebruary 9, 1962 (age 57)


Salopek received a degree in environmental biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984.[1][7][8] Salopek has worked intermittently as a commercial fisherman, most recently with the scallop fleet out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1991. His career in journalism began in 1985 when his motorcycle broke in Roswell, New Mexico and he took a police-reporting job at the local newspaper to earn repair money.[1]


Salopek reported for the Chicago Tribune from 1996 until April 30, 2009, writing about Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He worked for National Geographic from 1992–1995, visiting Chad, Sudan, Senegal, Niger, Mali, and Nigeria.[7] The October 1995 cover story for National Geographic was Salopek's piece on Africa's mountain gorillas. He reported on U.S.-Mexico border issues for the El Paso Times. In 1990, he was Gannett News Service's bureau chief in Mexico City.[9]

In 1998 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for two articles profiling the Human Genome Diversity Project.[1][5][8] In 2001, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for work covering Africa.[1][5][8] Columbia University President George Rupp presented Salopek with the prize, "for his reporting on the political strife and disease epidemics ravaging Africa, witnessed firsthand as he traveled, sometimes by canoe, through rebel-controlled regions of the Congo."[9]

Salopek was a general assignment reporter on the Tribune's Metropolitan staff, reporting on immigration, the environment and urban affairs. He spent several years as the Tribune's bureau chief in Johannesburg. Salopek reported from Sudan for a 2003 National Geographic story, "Shattered Sudan: Drilling for Oil, Hoping for Peace." He wrote "Who Rules the Forest?" from Africa for National Geographic in September 2005, examining the effects of war in Central Africa.[9] While on freelance assignment for National Geographic in Darfur, Sudan, he was ambushed and imprisoned for more than a month in 2006 by pro-government military forces.[5]

In the fall of 2009, Salopek taught an undergraduate seminar on reporting from the developing world at Princeton University as part of Princeton's Journalism Program.

Out of Eden Walk

In January 2013, Salopek embarked on a seven-year walk along one of the routes taken by early humans to migrate out of Africa. The transcontinental foot journey will cover more than 21,000 miles, beginning in Africa, in Ethiopia, across the Middle East and through Asia, via Alaska and down the western edge of the Americas to the southern tip of Chile.[10] The project, entitled Out of Eden Walk, is funded by National Geographic Magazine, the Knight Foundation and the Abundance Foundation. The project is designed as a laboratory of slow journalism that engages with the major stories of our time—from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival—by walking alongside the populations who inhabit such headlines every day. The object is to immerse readers in the lives of people encountered en route: the nomads, villagers, traders, farmers, and fishermen who rarely make the news. When the seven-year trek ends, the walk will have generated a global mosaic of stories, faces, sounds, and landscapes highlighting the pathways that connect us to each other—a mostly digital archive of our shared humanity at the start of a new millennium.[11] [12] [13] [14]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Paul Salopek of the Chicago Tribune". Pulitzer Prize. Archived from the original on January 9, 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-27.
  2. ^ Former El Paso Times reporter starts day 1 of a 7-year walk, El Paso Times, 11 Jan 2013
  3. ^ Osnos, Evan; Walberg, Matthew (2006-08-28). "Detained Writer a Lifelong Nomad". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ "Travel Pioneers: Paul Salopek". BBC Travel. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  5. ^ a b c d "Sudan charges Tribune ace with writing 'false news'". Associated Press. 2006-08-27. Archived from the original on August 29, 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-27.
  6. ^ "[1]"Columbia Global Centers lecture, Amman, Jordan, 2013
  7. ^ a b Chamberlain, Ted (2006-08-26). "Spying Charge Brought Against Geographic Reporter in Sudan". National Geographic. Retrieved 2006-08-27.
  8. ^ a b c "Statement From National Geographic On Paul Salopek". National Geographic Magazine. 2006-08-26. Retrieved 2006-08-27.
  9. ^ a b c Jones, Tim (2006-08-26). "Tribune correspondent charged as spy in Sudan". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2006-08-28.
  10. ^ "What do you pack for a 7 year trip?".
  11. ^ "Out of Eden".
  12. ^ "Out of Eden Walk - National Geographic". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  13. ^ "Out of Eden Walk". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  14. ^ Society, National Geographic. "Find a National Geographic Explorer". Retrieved 2018-03-20.

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Out of Eden Walk


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2001 Pulitzer Prize

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Salopek is a surname, originally Serbian and Croatian, and may refer to:

Paul Salopek (born 1962) is a journalist

Steven Salopek (born 1985) is an Australian rules footballer

Emanuela Salopek (born 1987) is a Croatian basketball player

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