Suleika Jaouad is an Emmy-winning journalist, author, educator and activist. Born in New York City to a Tunisian father and a Swiss mother, Suleika’s career aspirations as a foreign correspondent were cut short when, at age 22, she was diagnosed with leukemia. She began writing the acclaimed New York Times column and video series “Life, Interrupted” from the front lines of her hospital bed. Her essays and reported features have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Glamour and NPR.
Suleika is a member of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Arts & Letters Committee, and served on Barack Obama’s Presidential Cancer Panel. Her advocacy work and speaking have brought her everywhere from the main stage of TED to a maximum-security prison and a two-room schoolhouse in rural Montana.
Suleika is currently writing a memoir, Between Two Kingdoms, forthcoming from Random House in February 2021. When she’s not on the road with her Volkswagen camper van and rescue mutt Oscar, she lives in Brooklyn.