Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Trustee Kitty Pilgrim '76 Shares Her Story at Manhattanville
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:09

Kitty thumbManhattanville College Trustee Kitty Pilgrim '76 will be on campus Wednesday, November 28 to tell the story of her illustrious career as a CNN correspondent and her eventual transition to a successful fiction writer.

"We are excited to have Kitty return to Manhattanville and share her amazing story with our students and community," Manhattanville College President Jon C. Strauss said. "She has been and continues to be an inspiration to many."

The event, sponsored by the English, Communication Studies, and International Studies Departments, begins at 7 p.m. in the Ophir Room, Reid Hall.

Pilgrim worked as a CNN correspondent and news anchor for 24 years. As a New York-based reporter her normal beat included politics and economics, but her assignments have taken her around the world – Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, the Middle East, Korea and South Africa. Pilgrim anchored her own CNN morning show, "Early Edition" in 1998-1999 and was anchor for prime time broadcasts at CNN from 2001-2010.

Last spring, Pilgrim gave a moving speech at the undergraduate commencement ceremony, encouraging the Class of 2012 to pave their own way. She received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the College in recognition of her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

Pilgrim is the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, a Peabody Award, An Emmy, and New York Society of Black Journalists Award. She is a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, and is a member of the Explorer's Club of New York. She has written two novels, The Explorer's Club and The Stolen Chalice, which was released in June 2012.