Kevin Sullivan (journalist)

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Kevin Sullivan (born November 5, 1959) is an American journalist and a senior correspondent at the Washington Post [1][2] Sullivan has worked at The Post since 1991 and was a foreign correspondent for the newspaper for 14 years, working with his wife, Post journalist Mary Jordan, as the newspaper's co-bureau chief in Tokyo from 1995 to 1999, Mexico City from 2000 to 2005, and London from 2005 to 2009.[3] He has also served as the Post's chief foreign correspondent, deputy foreign editor and Sunday and Features Editor. Sullivan has also been a frequent commentator on television and radio, including as a regular guest on the BBC Television's Dateline London program.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Sullivan was raised in Brunswick, Maine and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1981. After working for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island and the Gloucester Daily Times in Massachusetts, Sullivan joined The Post in 1991.[5]

Sullivan spent a year studying Japanese and East Asian affairs at Georgetown University in 1994–95, and he studied Spanish and Latin American affairs as a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University from 1999–2000.[6][7]

Career recognition and awards[edit]

Sullivan and Jordan won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a series of stories about the Mexican criminal justice system.[8] They were also finalists for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, along with four Post photographers, for a series of stories on difficulties facing women around the world.[9] The Pulitzer citation credited the series for "its sensitive examination of how females in the developing world are often oppressed from birth to death, a reporting project marked by indelible portraits of women and girls and enhanced by multimedia presentations."[10]

Sullivan and Jordan, with Post colleague Keith Richburg, also won the 1998 George Polk Award for their reporting on the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.[11] Sullivan and Jordan have also won several other journalism awards, including those from the Overseas Press Club of America[12] and the Society of Professional Journalists.[13]

Sullivan has reported on six continents from more than 75 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Cuba, Burma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Haiti. Sullivan and Jordan are also the authors of The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail (The Penguin Press, 2005).[14] The book was honored with the Christopher Award in 2006.

Jordan and Sullivan are currently writing a book with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the women kidnapped and held for nearly a decade by Ariel Castro in Cleveland. It is to be published by Viking in 2015.[15]

External links[edit]

Selected works from 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning stories[edit]

Selected works from Pulitzer Prize-finalist series on the difficulties facing women[edit]

Other selected works[edit]

Poynter Institute interview with Sullivan and Jordan[edit]


  1. ^ The Washington Post. Discussions: Live Q&A's. January 24, 2011.
  2. ^ The Pulitzer Prizes: International Reporting. Last updated in 2010.
  3. ^ The Washington Post Washington Post National: Staff - Kevin Sullivan.
  4. ^ BBC World News. "Dateline London". April 29.
  5. ^ The Washington Post Washington Post National: Staff - Kevin Sullivan.
  6. ^ Ibid.
  7. ^ Stanford University Knight Fellowships. "Knight Fellowship Class of 2000".
  8. ^ The Pulitzer Prize. "The 2003 Pulitzer Prize winners: International Reporting".
  9. ^ The Pulitzer Prize. "2009 Finalists".
  10. ^ Ibid.
  11. ^ Long Island University George Polk Awards. "Previous Winners".
  12. ^ Overseas Press Club of America. "The Madeline Dane Ross Award of 1998".
  13. ^ The Society of Professional Journalists. "Sigma Delta Chi Awards". 2002.
  14. ^ Jordan, Mary, and Kevin Sullivan. The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail. New York: Penguin, 2005. Print.
  15. ^ It is to be published by Viking in 2015