Mary Kissel

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Mary Kissel
Mary Kissel by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kissel in October 2017
Born (1976-12-13) December 13, 1976 (age 42)
Alma materHarvard University (1999) [1]
The Johns Hopkins University
EmployerThe Wall Street Journal

Mary Elizabeth Kissel (born December 13, 1976)[2] is an American journalist[3][4][5][6] and senior adviser in the State Department.[7] She was a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Kissel was born in south Florida.[3][5] She received a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University and a Master’s Degree in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University.[3][5][6]


From 1999 to 2002, she worked as a fixed income research and capital markets specialist at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank in London and New York City.[3][4][5][6]

She joined The Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong in 2004 as writer of the Money & Investing section’s Heard in Asia column.[3][5] Later, she served as an Asia-wide finance correspondent.[3][5] From 2005 to 2010, she was editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal Asia.[3][5] She writes predominantly on the human rights and politics of Asia, in addition to American economic issues. She has interviewed the Dalai Lama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Richard Branson and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. She has appeared on MSNBC on Morning Joe, and CNBC, and the Bill Bennett Show, among others and is currently a Fox News contributor and a weekly co-host of the John Batchelor Show, a nationally syndicated radio talk show.[3] She has written editorials critical of Elizabeth Warren.[4] She has also written for the defunct Far Eastern Economic Review, The Australian, and The Spectator Australia.[6]

She was a Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow and a Stanford University Hoover Institution Edwards Media Fellow.[6] She has spoken at the Milken Institute and National Press Club of Australia.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

She is a virtuosa player of the marimba.[1]


  1. ^ a b Speedie, Sam (December 11, 1997). "Mary Kissel: Mastering the Marimba". Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i The Wall Street Journal biography
  4. ^ a b c d Zach Carter, Ex-Goldman Banker Behind WSJ 'Smear Campaign' Against Elizabeth Warren, The Huffington Post, March 17, 2011
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i National Press Club of Australia Archived 2013-04-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Milken Institute
  7. ^ Thompson, Alex. "Trump trashed new Pompeo aide as 'major loser'". Politico.

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