About the Event

Two journalists explored Haiti’s “Lost Decade,” starting with the 2010 earthquake and the ensuing humanitarian crisis which involved challenges with migration, the economy, and a cholera public health emergency. Hurricanes continued to hinder recovery, and political crises only further challenged the country, leading to the assassination of the country’s late President Jovenel Moise. Now, as the UN recently approved sending in a multinational security force to handle Haiti’s rising gang crisis, Michael Matza and Garry Pierre-Pierre joined the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a conversation about what comes next for the country and what recovery might look like.

About the Speakers

  • Michael Matza is a former staff writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer and two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. At the Inquirer, he covered domestic and international news as bureau chief in the Middle East and in New England. He has reported from 34 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, including multiple assignments in Haiti. His new book, Haiti, Love and Murder in the Season of Soup Joumou, is set amid Haiti’s worst security crisis in a century – foreshadowing the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. The novel blends history, culture, religion, and superstition, and its publication coincides with intense international interest in Haiti’s future.
  • Garry Pierre-Pierre is a Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia journalist, a leading voice on Haiti, the Haitian diaspora, and community media. Pierre-Pierre founded and serves as publisher of The Haitian Times, which provides quality, nuanced information about Haiti and its diaspora. He was also a Sulzberger Executive Leadership fellow at Columbia University, where he explored ways to serve the Haitian diaspora worldwide. He is the co-founder and first executive director of the Center for Community Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. In 2011, he was elected president of the New York Press Association, the first person of color to serve in that role.