Kati Marton

Journalist & Acclaimed Humanitarian

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Marton brings over 30 years of journalistic experience for a unique discussion on the state of global politics and human rights. She speaks candidly about the role that the U.S. government is playing in international affairs. From the Mideast to the Far East, Marton explores the position Washington must take to ensure international peace. Stressing the necessity of a free press, Marton discusses both the role of governments in ensuring a democratic state and of the press itself in maintaining its own integrity.

In an alternate program, Marton delves into life within the White House, offering insight into the balance of power in presidential marriages. She explores how both the inner life and public face of White House marriages shape presidential history.

Kati was warm and inviting. She easily engaged in conversation with guests and signed books until the line ended.

- Junior League of Sarasota

About Kati Marton

Best-selling author Kati Marton has combined a career as a writer with human rights advocacy. From 2003 to 2008 Marton chaired the International Women’s Health Coalition, a global leader in promoting and protecting the health and human rights of women and girls.  From 2001 to July 2002 Kati Marton was Chief Advocate for the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. From 2000 to 2011 she was a member of the board of Human Rights Watch.  Marton is currently a director and formerly chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She also serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee and the New America Foundation, a public policy think tank.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, P.E.N. International and the Author’s Guild, and sits on the board of Central European University.

Her latest book, True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy, was released on September 6, 2016, by Simon & Schuster.

Speech Topics

  • Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America
  • Free Press: Democracy and Human Rights
  • To Form a More Perfect Union: The History of Presidential Marriages
  • What is the Role of the U.S. in International Affairs?

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