Media speaker Mstyslav Chernov

Mstyslav Chernov

Oscar-Winning Documentarian and Pulitzer Prize Journalist

Speaker Mstyslav Chernov, an esteemed video journalist for The Associated Press and president of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers, has made significant contributions through his coverage of major global conflicts, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine. His groundbreaking work, "20 Days in Mariupol," which provides a firsthand account of the siege, has earned him both the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and an Oscar for Best Documentary, marking him as a distinguished figure in journalism and documentary filmmaking.

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    Mstyslav Chernov biography

    Speaker Mstyslav Chernov, an acclaimed video journalist for The Associated Press and the president of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers, has been a significant figure in journalism since joining AP in 2014. Chernov’s reporting spans major conflicts, societal issues, and environmental disasters throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His notable work in 2022 involved documenting the Russian invasion of Ukraine, capturing the siege of Mariupol alongside his colleague Evgeniy Maloletka and providing the global audience with firsthand views of the assault on the city.

    For his fearless journalism in Mariupol, speaker Mstyslav Chernov received the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His debut feature film, “20 Days in Mariupol,” has garnered widespread acclaim and several international awards, securing a BAFTA for best documentary and also an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature. Chernov hails from Eastern Ukraine and currently resides in Germany.

    Adding to this narrative, the recent Academy Awards ceremony marked a historic moment for Ukraine as Mstyslav Chernov’s “20 Days in Mariupol” clinched the Oscar for best documentary. The film offers a compelling first-person perspective of the early stages of Russia’s invasion in the eastern Ukrainian city. In a conversation with Khrystyna Shevchenko, Chernov discussed the impactful work, with Anna Rice providing further insights into the story.

    Mstyslav Chernov Speaking Videos

    AP's Mstyslav Chernov wins Oscar with '20 Days in Mariupol' for best documentary
    20 Days In Mariupol

    Mstyslav Chernov Keynote Topics

    Drawing from his firsthand experience documenting the siege of Mariupol, Chernov will share insights on the challenges and responsibilities of capturing history as it unfolds, emphasizing the crucial role of visual storytelling in informing global audiences and driving humanitarian responses.

    Chernov will recount his journey to becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Oscar-winning documentarian, providing a compelling narrative on the significance of truthful reporting in shaping public perception and policy during crises.

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