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Ursula Gauthier

Senior Reporter


Ursula Gauthier is a reporter, a writer and a documentary filmmaker. She is currently a senior reporter for L’Obs (previously Le Nouvel Observateur), reporting about China, the Middle East, and Europe. She also serves as the chief editor of special issues Les Hors-Séries de L’Obs. Gauthier worked as a China correspondent for L’Obs from 2009 to 2015 and was expelled from the country for authoring an article about the Uyghurs.

She is the winner of the prix Louis Hachette pour la presse écrite in 2003 for her report about the AIDS epidemic in China. She is the author of an essay entitled "The Chinese Volcano" (Denoël, 1998), and a novel, Wind and Dust (Denoël, 1995). She has co-authored a number of books, including Out, Can Social Exclusion be Quelled? (Robert-Laffont, 2003) with French State Secretary for Humanitarian Action Dr. Xavier Emmanuelli and Anticancer, a New Way of Life(Robert-Laffont, 2008) and Not the Last Goodbye (Robert-Laffont, 2011) with Dr. David Servan-Schreiber. She has directed nine TV documentaries, mainly about China.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.