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Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists & Human Rights Advocates


Husband-and-wife duo Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer in journalism and have written a series of best-selling books together as well as appeared in television documentaries of their books. Their No. 1 best-seller, Half the Sky, called "electrifying" by The Washington Post, draws a compelling picture of the trials and triumphs of women struggling worldwide for opportunity and equality. They followed that with A Path Appears, again both a best-selling book and PBS documentary, exploring how people can make a difference at home and abroad. In their new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope (2020), they issue a plea to address the crisis in working-class America, while also focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. Read More >

A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Kristof is often called a "reporter’s reporter" for his activism and was the subject of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival documentary Reporter. He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to 140 countries, all 50 states, every Chinese province, and every main Japanese island in order to offer a compassionate glimpse into global health, poverty, and gender in the developing world. As part of the Half the Sky documentary series, Kristof travelled around the world along with celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde to meet inspiring individuals confronting the global oppression of women.

The first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize, WuDunn is a business executive, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. She has special expertise in China, entrepreneurship, impact investing and helping companies do both well and good. As an investment banker, she currently helps growth companies, including those operating in the fields of technology, healthcare, entertainment and media. She helped launch the development of multimedia efforts for Half the Sky, creating an effective marketing strategy that included online and mobile games, the PBS documentary series, and outreach with dozens of NGOs.

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn love telling stories that surprise and persuade. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Reporting the Truths of the World

Why Students Should Care About the World - & Change It