Mary Jordan (journalist)

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Mary Jordan
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Born (1960-11-10) November 10, 1960 (age 57)
Occupation journalist
Nationality American
Education Saint Joseph Academy
Alma mater Georgetown University,
Columbia University
Genre non-fiction
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting

Mary Catherine Jordan (born November 10, 1960) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist for the Washington Post.[1] She is currently a national correspondent covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

For 14 years she was a foreign correspondent and she has written from nearly 40 countries. With her husband, Post journalist Kevin Sullivan, Jordan ran the newspaper's bureaus in Tokyo, Mexico City and London. Jordan also was the founding editor and head of content for Washington Post Live, which organizes political debates, conferences and news events for the media company.

Jordan and Sullivan are the authors of the Number #1 Bestselling book, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, that was released in April, 2015.[2] Hope is written with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the women who were kidnapped and held for a decade in Cleveland, Jordan’s hometown.

Early life and career[edit]

Jordan, a daughter of Irish immigrants, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. For her high school experience, she attended Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland, Ohio (Class of 1979). She graduated from Georgetown University in 1983 and earned a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1984.[3] In 1989–90, Jordan was awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University.[4]

Jordan began her Post career as an intern for the Style section, crisscrossed the country writing about colleges and schools as the national education reporter,[5] and covered Virginia and national politics.

For a year at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, she studied W. B. Yeats and other Irish poets. She was given her first job in the newspaper business by Irish author and editor Tim Pat Coogan, who hired her to write a column in The Irish Press. She enrolled in Japanese language classes at Georgetown University before moving to Tokyo for four years and studied Spanish on a post-graduate fellowship at Stanford University before moving to Mexico for five years.

Currently, Jordan is a national correspondent covering politics and writing profiles of political figures. From 2010 to early 2015, she was the founding editor and moderator for Washington Post Live, which hosted forums including "The 40th Anniversary of Watergate" in June 2012 that featured key Watergate figures including former White House counsel John Dean, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, and reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. It was held at the Watergate hotel.

She also hosted the 2010 Maryland gubernatorial debate between Governor Martin O'Malley and former Governor Robert Ehrlich, and moderated a rare sit-down with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, and other owners of Washington's sports teams.[6] She launched a new series for the Post called America Answers, which brought innovators and officials from around the country to Washington to talk about how to solve problems affecting millions of people. Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the first America Answers held in October, 2014.

Among the many newsmakers she has interviewed: singer and songwriter Paul McCartney, Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner Henry Kissinger, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Benjamin Arellano Felix, one of Mexico's most notorious drug kingpins. Jordan has written extensively about injustices and discrimination against women around the world including articles about the exceedingly low[clarification needed] conviction rate of rape in Britain[7] and the unfortunate girls in India denied schooling solely because they were not born male.[8]

Career recognition and awards[edit]

Jordan and Sullivan won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their Post series on the "horrific conditions in Mexico's criminal justice system and how they affect the daily lives of people," as the Pulitzer Board described.[9] Along with four Post photographers, Jordan and Sullivan were also finalists for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their series of stories on the difficulties women face around the world. The Pulitzer jury called the series a "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]

Jordan and Sullivan authored The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail (The Penguin Press, 2005).[11] In 2006, the book won the Christopher Award, which "salutes media that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”[12]

Together with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the women kidnapped and held for nearly a decade by Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Jordan and Sullivan wrote the bestselling book Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, published by Viking in April 2015.[13]

Jordan and Sullivan have also won numerous other awards including the George Polk Award for their coverage of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis and awards from the Overseas Press Club of America and the Society of Professional Journalists.[14][15][16]



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. Washington Post National: Staff – Mary Jordan.
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  3. ^ "Mary Jordan Nov. 9". Washington Post Live. 
  4. ^ "Mary Jordan's Nieman Fellowship Nov. 9". Nieman Foundation. 
  5. ^ "Mary Jordan". Georgetown News. 
  6. ^ Reid, Jason (January 12, 2011). "Business of Sports Forum". Washington Post. 
  7. ^ Jordan, Mary (June 22, 2008). "A British Diplomat's Mission Of Rescue". Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Jordan, Mary (December 13, 2008). "This Is the Destiny of Girls". Washington Post. 
  9. ^ The Pulitzer Prize. "The 2003 Pulitzer Prize winners: International Reporting".
  10. ^ The Pulitzer Prize. "2009 Finalists".
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ The Christopher Awards.
  13. ^ "After a decade of terror, Cleveland captives on their scars — and futures". USA Today. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Long Island University George Polk Awards. "Previous Winners".
  15. ^ Overseas Press Club of America. "The Madeline Dane Ross Award of 1998".
  16. ^ The Society of Professional Journalists. "Sigma Delta Chi Awards". 2002.

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