Mary Jordan

National Political Correspondent, Washington Post

Mary Jordan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author. She currently writes about national political issues for The Washington Post after working 14 years abroad as a foreign correspondent based in Tokyo, Mexico City, and London. 

She and her husband, Kevin Sullivan, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their investigation of the Mexican justice system.  With Sullivan, she wrote the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland. They also wrote The Prison Angel, the true story of a wealthy California woman who lived in Mexico to help the poor. Jordan was a contributing writer to Trump Revealed, a Washington Post staff biography of Donald Trump. In 2016, The Washington Post honored Jordan with the Eugene Meyer Award for a distinguished career based on the principles of the paper’s legendary former owner: Tell the truth for the public good and always be fair.  

Jordan earned her BA at Georgetown University (Japanese language and Asian studies) and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She also studied the poetry of W.B. Yeats in Dublin’s Trinity College, was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and she learned Spanish through a post-graduate Latin American program at Stanford University.