Kitty Pilgrim

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Kitty Pilgrim
Kitty Pilgrim photograph.jpg
Photograph by Carol Seitz
Born (1954-08-14) August 14, 1954 (age 61)
Nationality American
Education Manhattanville College (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
Occupation Journalist, author, entrepreneur

Kathryn Pilgrim, known professionally as Kitty Pilgrim, is a CNN anchor and correspondent and author of popular fiction. Her first international thriller is The Explorer's Code.[1] The sequel, The Stolen Chalice, was released June 26, 2012.

Pilgrim now writes a series of international romantic thrillers based on her 24‑year career as a CNN journalist. It is published by Scribner.


Kitty Pilgrim worked as New York-based anchor and correspondent for CNN for 24 years. Her travels have taken her on special assignments to Russia, Cuba, China, Japan, South Korea, Europe, and parts of Africa. In domestic reporting she covered economics, politics, and a range of other topics. She was part of the CNN team that broadcast continuously in New York during the September 11 attacks and in the weeks thereafter.[2]

Kitty Pilgrim was a New York City-based anchor and correspondent for CNN beginning with CNN in 1986 as a production assistant, and was named correspondent shortly thereafter.[3] Pilgrim anchored her own broadcast, Early Edition, in 1998 and 1999 and served as an anchor for CNN, CNNI, CNNfn, and Headline News for more than a decade.[4] Starting in 2001, Pilgrim served as prime-time back-up anchor for the 7PM hour on CNN.

Pilgrim also worked for 24 years as a CNN correspondent with a focus on international and political economy. She also served as a correspondent for CNN's Southeast Bureau and was the lead correspondent in CNN's coverage of the Birmingham, Alabama anti-abortion violence in 1998 and the subsequent hunt for suspect Eric Rudolph. She was also part of the CNN Moneyline team that won an Overseas Press Club Award for its live broadcasts from Havana, Cuba, in 1995. Pilgrim has won many other awards in the television industry, including an Emmy, Peabody, Dupont, and the New York Society of Black Journalists Award for field reporting on social and economic issues in South Africa.[5]


Book by Kitty Pilgrim

Using her reporting skills and knowledge international affairs, Pilgrim writes romantic thrillers with an international flavor, featuring an archaeologist John Sinclair, and a female oceanographer, Cordelia Stapleton. The Explorer's Code is the first in the series, published by Scribner in 2011. Pilgrim's novels are "fact-based fiction"—certain events and locations are true to life. Her thrillers are characterized by their diverse locations and "around the world" approach.[6] The Explorer's Code includes such locations as Monaco, Paris, London, Ephesus Turkey, and the high arctic in Norway.

In 2010 Pilgrim signed a two-book deal with New York publisher Charles Scribner's Sons.[7] Her debut novel, The Explorer's Code, was quickly followed by a sequel "the Stolen Chalice". A third novel based on the same characters is now available in paperback and e-book. "Summer of Fire" was published by River Grove.

Academic and professional career[edit]

Pilgrim graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, in 1976 with a degree in political science. She studied Russian, which ultimately led to her career in journalism. She delivered the commencement speech for the Class of 2012, earning an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Manhattanville College.[5]

She has a master's from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.[8] She attended the Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union.[9] Pilgrim was also a fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, for Asian Pacific security, and a fellow at the East–West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, for Asian economic and security issues.[10] Pilgrim was a Hong Kong journalism fellow and a fellow in the East–West Center's Korean Journalism exchange.

In January 2000, Pilgrim was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations and is a lifetime member.

Pilgrim is a fellow in the Royal Geographical Society in London, a historic association with a dedicated mission to expanding world knowledge of the natural and field sciences.

Pilgrim is also a full member of the Explorer's Club of New York City. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kathryn Pilgrim is the great niece of Olympic Gold medalist Paul Henry Pilgrim, who won three gold medals at the 1904 and 1906 Summer Olympics.

Pilgrim has two sons, William Blackwell Croxton and Beau Campion Croxton.[11] Pilgrim has been divorced since 1990


  1. ^ "The Explorer's Code". Kitty Pilgrim. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Manhattan College Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement and Baccalaureate 2012 Speakers". Manhattanville College. February 9, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Anchors & Reports – Kitty Pilgrim". CNN. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dennis Brady (September 20, 2011). "Former CNN Anchor Kitty Pilgrim, On Her Past at CNN and Her Career as a Novelist". BradyReports. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Kitty Pilgrim '76". Alumni in the News > Spotlight. Manhattanville College. 
  6. ^ Cho, Yoojin (August 3, 2011). "MV Book Festival Interview Series: Kitty Pilgrim". The Martha's Vineyard Times. 
  7. ^ "Dealmaker Scribner". Publishers Marketplace. April 28, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  8. ^ Kay Matthews (October 19, 2011). "Kitty Pilgrim /links Women and Science in Book The Explorer's Code". Journal of Humanitarian Affairs. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Council on Foreign Relations" (PDF). Council on Foreign Relations. 2005. 
  10. ^ "Kitty Pilgrim" (PDF). East West Center. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kitty Pilgrim". NNDB. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 

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