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Mellissa Fung

Correspondent, Author

Mellissa Fung is a veteran correspondent and best-selling author. She covered the war in Afghanistan for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and also produced the award-winning documentaries "Canada’s Ugly Secret" and "No Country for Horses."

Her best-selling first book, Under an Afghan Sky, chronicles her experience as a hostage after she was kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2008.

In the last several years, Fung has turned her attention to human rights reporting, returning to Afghanistan several times to continue reporting on the challenges that continue to exist there, particularly for women and children. 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 and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association award. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and is a member of the board of directors for the Global Reporting Centre.