Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn to lecture at Wingate University

Sheryl WuDunn
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. –Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, will be speaking at Wingate University on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in McGee Theatre of The Batte Center. WuDunn, a business executive and best-selling author, works with entrepreneurs in new media, media technology and social enterprise at an investment bank in New York City. She also runs TripleEdge, which focuses on socially driven investing.

Previously, WuDunn was vice president, in the role of investment advisor for private clients at Goldman, Sachs & Co. She also worked at The New York Times as an executive and journalist, including responsibilities as editor for international markets, energy and industry; The Times’ first anchor of an evening news headlines program for the digital cable TV channel, the Discovery-Times; and as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo and Beijing, where she wrote about economic, financial, political and social issues.

She is co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a No. 1 New York Times best-selling book about the challenges facing women around the globe, published in 2009 by Knopf and featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Colbert Report and other network television shows. The book became a multi-platform digital media effort that included a documentary series on PBS in October 2012, mobile games and an online social media game on Facebook that hit #9 in its second week on the platform.

With her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, she has co-authored two other best-selling books about Asia: Thunder from the East and China Wakes. They won a Pulitzer Prize for covering China, along with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement. She has also won other journalism awards, including the George Polk Award and Overseas Press Club Award. WuDunn won a White House Project EPIC Award, the Asia Women in Business Corporate Leadership Award, the Pearl S. Buck Woman of the Year Award and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize.

Newsweek cited WuDunn as one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World” and she was selected as one of 60 notable members of the League of Extraordinary Women by Fast Company magazine. In 2013, she was included as one of the “leading women who make America” in the PBS documentary, “The Makers.” She was also featured in a 2013 Harvard Business School film about prominent women who graduated from HBS.

WuDunn earned an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. A former senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, she also lectures on economic, political and social topics related to women in the developing world, the global economy, China and the emerging markets. Additionally, she has been asked to address a wide range of audiences including former Vice President Al Gore, the IMF and World Bank. WuDunn has discussed China and economic issues on television and radio programs, such as Meet the Press, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, The Colbert Report, Charlie Rose and NPR; and she has discussed philanthropic issues on programs such as NBC’s Dateline.

Now, she brings her expertise to Wingate University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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