As an activist, Sheri Fink has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, she has experienced some of the world’s most volatile regions. Ms. Fink has utilized her experiences to become an award winning journalist and author.
Ms. Fink’s most recent success and the topic of her GREAT Day Keynote is her book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. Originally written as an article published by the New York Times Magazine, it investigates the deadly choices faced in a New Orleans hospital during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since it’s publication it has won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting as well as named a New York Times Top 10 Book for 2013.
Success didn’t just find her over night, however. Ms. Fink has been a long time humanitarian, with a passion for issues in war and medicine. Even while studying medicine and neuroscience at Stanford, she investigated the Nazi Holocaust and protested genocide in Bosnia. She has used her expertise and experiences to share her knowledge and has taught classes at Harvard, Tulane and the New School.
Ms. Fink is a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan and received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, among other journalism prizes. She has had articles appear in a number of high profile publications such as the New York Times, Discover, and Scientific America.