Sheryl WuDunn is currently running The New York Times effort to build the next generation of readers. She has also been a foreign correspondent, most recently in Japan, where she wrote about economic, financial, political and social issues. With her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, she co-authored a new book, Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia, just published by Alfred A. Knopf in September, 2000. Previously, with her husband, she also co-wrote: China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power, published by Times Books in 1994 and now out in paperback from Vintage. The book was a finalist in the annual awards issued by the New York Public Library and it has been published in a number of foreign languages, including Japanese.
Before that, WuDunn was a staff correspondent in the newspaper's Beijing bureau. She has previously written in Hong Kong for Reuters News Agency and the South China Morning Post, as well as briefly in Los Angeles for The Wall Street Journal. She also spent three years as a commercial lending officer at Bankers Trust Company in New York (acquired by Deutsch Bank).
WuDunn and her husband, who is currently The Times Tokyo bureau chief, jointly won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. They were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer together for journalism, and WuDunn was the first Asian-American to do so. They also won the George Polk Award and Overseas Press Club Award for their reporting from China. WuDunn also won an award in 1994 from the Asian American Journalists Association. After growing up in New York City, WuDunn attended Cornell University and graduated with honors. She earned a MBA from Harvard University in 1986, and two years later, received a master's degree in public administration from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Ms. WuDunn and her husband have two boys, Gregory and Geoffrey, and a girl, Caroline. She has an interest in singing, aerobics and literature.