PRIMER: Sheryl WuDunn

May 7th, 2012, by

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Airdate | Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Why You (Should) Know Her:

  • She’s the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize.
  • WuDunn was included in Newsweek’s 150 Women Who Shake the World.
  • She is currently Mid-Market Securities’ senior managing director, where she raises capital for clients.

Why She’s Buzzing | Coming in hot with momentum from the “Made Visible” panel discussion and the best-selling success of her latest text, Half the Sky, WuDunn is an advocate for women’s rights, making a name for herself in the global war against the oppression of women. The Half the Sky Movement will also include a four-part series featured on PBS.

Sheryl WuDunn Trivia

  • A Cornell University graduate, she’s also a member of the university’s Board of Trustees and Board’s Finance Committee. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
  • WuDunn is also a recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College.
  • In fall 2011, she was a senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
  • In 1988, WuDunn married reporter Nicholas D. Kristof. They became the first married couple to receive a Pulitzer Prize for journalism when they reported from Beijing on the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
  • The couple received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Her first best-selling book, China Wakes, was a result of her experiences in China from 1988-1993. WuDunn had to travel as a tourist through China when her press credentials were revoked by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
  • WuDunn was the first Asian American reporter hired at The New York Times.
  • She worked as an executive and journalist at The New York Times, covering international markets, energy, global technology and industry. She was anchor of The New York Times Page One, which was a nightly program that featured the next day’s Times stories and was one of the few Times employees who juggled the news and business sides of the publication.


  • Pulitzer Prize (for reporting in China)
  • George Polk Award (for reporting in China)
  • Overseas Press Club (for reporting in China)

Bibliography (co-written with her husband)
1994   China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
2000   Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia
2009 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

WuDunn with her husband, Nicholas Kristof, and their son Gregory in Tiananmen Square in 1993. (from

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