Reporting from the Front Lines

Mstyslav Chernov is a Pulitzer Prize-winning video journalist at the Associated Press and president of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers. His courageous reporting in Mariupol earned the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and became the basis of his award-winning documentary 20 Days in Mariupol. Drawing from over a decade-long career covering major conflicts, social issues and environmental crises across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Chernov will discuss his experience documenting the initial days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the role of journalism during wartime, and his transition to feature filmmaking.

October 20 at 7 pm in-person at Edwards Hall and streaming live on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Youtube.

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In Kulusuk, Greenland, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Mstyslav Chernov is a Ukrainian photojournalist, filmmaker, war correspondent and novelist known for his coverage of the Revolution of Dignity, War in Donbas, including the downing of flight MH17, Syrian civil war, Battle of Mosul in Iraq, the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, including the Siege of Mariupol (for this work he received the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award, the Georgiy Gongadze Award, the Knight International Journalism Awards, and the Biagio Agnes Award, Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award, Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award, Free Media Awards, at the end of 2022 was included in the nationwide Ukrainian ratings “People of the HB 2022 in the year of war” and “14 songs, photos and art objects that became symbols of Ukrainian resistance” by Forbes Ukraine, and video materials from Mariupol became the basis of the film “20 days in Mariupol”, which was included in the competition program of the Sundance festival) as well as for his diverse photography exhibitions.

Chernov is an Associated Press journalist, the President of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers (UAPP) and a member of “Ukrainian PEN” since July 2022.

His activity ranges from current affairs to long-term projects related to conflicts, social issues and environmental crises in all formats: Video, photo, text, and VR.
Chernov’s materials have been published and aired by multiple news outlets worldwide, including CNN, BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. He has both won and been a finalist for prestigious awards, including the Livingston Award, Rory Peck Award, Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Prize, and various Royal Television Society awards. In 2023, he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


Christiane Amanpour
Christiane Amanpour
Photo: John Nowak, © 2018 Cable News Networks, Inc. A WarnerMedia Company. Used with permission.

The Christiane Amanpour Lecture is endowed by and named for the 1983 URI alumna and 1995 honorary degree recipient. She is chief international anchor for CNN and host of its award-winning, flagship global affairs program Amanpour, as well as Amanpour & Co. which airs on PBS in the United States. Launched in 2008, the speaker series brings well-respected journalists to campus each year.