Kitty Pilgrim : Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Kitty Pilgrim

Award Winning Journalist and Author

For 24 years Kitty Pilgrim was a New York based anchor and correspondent for CNN. As a correspondent Pilgrim’s work includes both domestic and international reporting. In international coverage she reported regularly on political and security developments in Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Iran and North Korea. She won an Overseas Press Club award for her reporting in Moscow during the coup in the early 1990’s. She has traveled extensively in China and reports on cyber warfare, military buildup and human rights abuses. In Cuba, Pilgrim was part of the team that won an Overseas Press Club award for its week of live broadcasts from Havana in 1995 - the first U.S. broadcasts from the island since the Cuban revolution. She has reported extensively on Africa, and is the recipient of a New York Society of Black Journalists Award for her coverage of social and economic issues in South Africa.

In the domestic arena Pilgrim was part of the team that won a Peabody Award for coverage of the Presidential election in 2008. She often tackled scientific topics such as global warming, and the current outbreak of H1N1 influenza. She has extensive experience reporting on terrorism. She was part of the CNN team that broadcast continuously in New York during the 9/11 attack and in the weeks thereafter. She was the lead correspondent for domestic terrorism in the Southeast Bureau of CNN reporting on the Birmingham Alabama abortion clinic bombing in 1998, and subsequent hunt for fugitive Eric Rudolph.

Pilgrim is also active in the foreign policy world. Pilgrim has participated in many academic and professional programs around the world; most involving security issues. These include the Salzburg Seminar in Austria, the East-West Center in Honolulu, and various programs in Seoul, South Korea, Beijing, China and Hong Kong. Pilgrim is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since joining the Council in 2000 Pilgrim has moderated meetings on Avian Flu, China, the Korean Peninsula and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan and Burma.

Pilgrim has recently become an author of thriller novels. Her first acclaimed book The Explorer’s Code, is an exciting international thriller that revolves around the quest for a land deed valuable enough to kill for. Her second book, The Stolen Chalice combines the glamour of the international art world and a devastating terrorist plot. Her fiction celebrates the great Victorian traditions of scientific exploration and blends contemporary plotlines with historical developments in science and exploration.

Pilgrim speaks to a variety of audiences at places such as universities, libraries, ocean liners, in addition to festivals and conferences. In 2009 she was invited to become a full member of the historic Explorer’s Club and participates actively in the club’s programs particularly those related to polar exploration, oceanography and botany.

Pilgrim lives in New York City and has two sons - Beau and William.

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