Peter Godwin, newly-elected President of PEN American Center and 2010 Guggenheim fellow, is an award winning foreign correspondent, author, documentary filmmaker, and screenwriter.
Born and raised in Africa, Godwin studied law at Cambridge University and international relations at Oxford University. After practicing human rights law in Zimbabwe, he became both a foreign and war correspondent for The London Sunday Times and the BBC, and has reported from over 60 countries. He also served as chief correspondent for BBC television’s Assignment. The Industry of Death won the gold medal for investigative film at the New York Film Festival.
He has written for an array of magazines and newspapers including National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, and Vanity Fair (for which he was a 2009 finalist for the Michael Kelly award). Godwin is the author of six nonfiction books, including Mukiwa, which received the George Orwell Prize and the