A Pulitzer Prize Winner Chats With Yale Students

By Richard Horgan Comment

SherylWudunnYaleIt was a busy Tuesday at Yale for Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win the Pulitzer Prize and the wife of fellow Pulitzer winner Nicholas Kristof.

After attending a luncheon during which she was presented with the sixth annual Visionary Leadership Award from the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, WuDunn gave a 4 p.m. afternoon Master’s Tea talk titled “A Path Appears: Why Should We Change the World?” From Yale News associate editor Susan Gonzalez’s solid summary:

One of the biggest challenges she faced reporting in China, WuDunn said, was that she and other reporters were constantly being followed by government agents.

“You have to be careful about who and where you are getting information from,” she said. “You constantly had to look around to see who was behind you. Sometimes it was just to scare us, to back us off, sometimes not. It was a huge psychological burden.”

At one point during the Tea discussion, a student asked how they could follow in her path. To read the answer from WuDunn, who was visiting campus as a Poynter Journalism Fellow, click here.

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