TODAY: Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sheryl WuDunn to speak on ‘Why we should change the world’
Sheryl Wudunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, will speak at Yale on Tuesday, Jan. 26 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.
Her talk, “A Path Appears: Why Should We Change the World,” will take place at 4 p.m. in the master’s house of Timothy Dwight College, 63 Wall Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Wudunn is a best-selling author, business executive, and lecturer. Currently, she is a senior managing director for Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking boutique.
Wudunn previously worked at The New York Times as an executive, journalist, editor, and anchor. She worked in management roles in both the strategic planning and circulation sales departments, and as a foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Beijing, where she wrote about economic, financial, political, and social issues. She served as editor for international markets, energy, and industry and as the newspaper’s first anchor of an evening news headline program for a digital cable TV channel, the Discovery-Times.
In 1990, Wudunn and her husband, Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square movement. WuDunn and Kristof are authors of four best-selling books: “China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power” (1994); “Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia” (2000); “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” (2009); and most recently, in 2014, “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.”
Wudunn is the winner of this year’s annual Visionary Leadership Award presented by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Paweł Pieniążek, Dean Starkman, and Boniface Mwangi.