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Sheryl WuDunn
Born November 16, 1959 (1959-11-16) (age 50)
New York City
Occupation author, lecturer, businesswoman
Spouse(s) Nicholas D. Kristof

Sheryl WuDunn (simplified Chinese: 伍洁芳traditional Chinese: 伍潔芳pinyin: Wǔ Jiéfāng; born New York City, November 16, 1959) is a Chinese American author, lecturer and businesswoman who was the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize.

A specialist in energy and alternative energy issues, she has also been a private wealth advisor with Goldman Sachs and was previously a journalist and editor for The New York Times. At the Times, she ran the Times' coverage of global energy, alternative energy, foreign technology and foreign industry; previously, she was anchor of The New York Times Page One, a nightly program of the next day's stories in the Times. She also has worked in The New York Times Beijing and Tokyo bureaus, and speaks Chinese and Japanese.

She won the Pulitzer Prize with her husband Nicholas D. Kristof for her reporting from Beijing about the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. WuDunn and Kristof were the first married couple ever to receive a Pulitzer for journalism.

Sheryl WuDunn ran the business coverage of the environment with topics ranging from hybrid and hydrogen-powered cars, bio-fuels, solar and wind energy, and corporate environmental programs. She helped lead a series of stories by different reporters about industry's role in carbon emissions.

Previously, Sheryl WuDunn was a project director in strategic planning, where she focused on brand extensions for The Times. Before that she ran the effort to build the next generation of readers for the New York Times. She was one of the few people at the Times who went back and forth between the news and business sides of the organization.

She was a staff foreign correspondent for The New York Times in the Tokyo bureau where she wrote about economic, financial, political and social issues in the late 1990s. Earlier, she reported for The New York Times as a correspondent in the Beijing bureau, covering business and economics in particular. While in Asia, she also reported from other areas, including North Korea, Australia, Burma and the Philippines. In addition to the Pulitzer, she also won a George Polk Award and an Overseas Press Club award, both for reporting in China.


A third generation Chinese American, Sheryl WuDunn grew up in New York City in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in European History in 1981.[1] For three years, WuDunn worked for Bankers Trust Company as an international loan officer. After this, she earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and M.P.A. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

WuDunn married fellow reporter Nicholas D. Kristof in 1988.[2] After working with several prestigious publications, WuDunn joined the staff of The New York Times as a correspondent in the Beijing bureau in 1989. She currently serves on the Cornell University Board of Trustees.

She also worked for a time for Goldman Sachs as a vice president in its investment management division as a private wealth advisor. [3]

In 2009, WuDunn and Kristof received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.[4]


WuDunn has co-authored two best-sellers with her husband, China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia. These are non-fiction Asian studies books which examine the cultural, social, and political situation of East Asia largely through interviews and personal experiences.

Her next book, also co-written with Kristof, was published by Knopf in September 2009. It is titled: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.[5]




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