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Melanie Kirkpatrick

Senior Fellow

Melanie Kirkpatrick is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. She is a writer-journalist based in Connecticut and New York City. She contributes reviews and commentary to various publications, including the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal, for which she worked from 1980 to 2009. She is the author of Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad, which World Magazine named the best book of 2012, and Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience.

At the Wall Street Journal, Ms. Kirkpatrick was deputy editor of the editorial page from 2006 to 2009 and a longtime member of the editorial board. As deputy editor, she was responsible for the editorial page’s coverage of international issues and oversaw the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal in Asia and Europe, the Far Eastern Economic Review and the U.S. columnists on foreign affairs. She wrote editorials and op-ed articles on foreign affairs.

From 2001 to 2006, she was the editorial page’s associate editor, responsible for the Daily Review & Outlook (editorials) column. Before that, she was op-ed editor of the paper. During her career at the Journal, she also oversaw the launch of and other online products, managed the editing and production of books published by the Journal, and served as a member of the board of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund.

Ms. Kirkpatrick was a co-editor of the Journal‘s series, “Whitewater,” a six-volume collection of Journal commentary during the Bill Clinton administration. She was also co-editor of several editions of the Index of Economic Freedom, published annually by the Journal and the Heritage Foundation; the Index evaluates and ranks the world’s economies. And she is the author of Princeton-in-Asia: A Century of Service (1998), a privately published history of the nonprofit educational organization.

Ms. Kirkpatrick spent 10 years in Asia, working for the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and, prior to that, for a division of Time-Life Books in Tokyo. She received the 2001 Mary Morgan Hewett Award for Women in Journalism from the Friends of the East-West Center in Honolulu. The annual award recognizes a journalist who has demonstrated commitment, hard work, and expanding influence throughout her career.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto. She was a Gannett Newspaper Foundation Fellow in Asian studies at the University of Hawaii. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a trustee emerita of Princeton in Asia, an internship program in Asia for young graduates of American universities; and a director of the America for Bulgaria Foundation. She is a member of the Human Freedom Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Ms. Kirkpatrick is married to Hudson Senior Fellow and Trustee Jack David.

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Thousands Taken: Kidnappings by North Korea’s Kim Dynasty Continue for Half a Century

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The death of Shigeru Yokota in June was a reminder of the atrocities perpetrated by North Korea under its kidnapping program in the 1970s and 1980s. ...

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Melanie Kirkpatrick was quoted in Vail Daily about the history of Thanksgiving.

Melanie Kirkpatrick was mentioned in Sight Magazine about the role of God in Thanksgiving celebrations.

Melanie Kirkpatrick was mentioned in Voice of America about the history of Thanksgiving.

Melanie Kirkpatrick was mentioned in Fox News about the history of Thanksgiving.

Melanie Kirkpatrick is quoted in South China Morning Post on the Underground Railroad guiding escapees out of North Korea.

Melanie Kirkpatrick is interviewed by GQ on the roll of the Underground Railroad in North Korea.

Melanie Kirkpatrick quoted in Newsweek on North Korean kidnappings

Melanie Kirkpatrick interviewed by TGC on North Korea

Melanie Kirkpatrick quoted in Politifact and The Atlantic on Thanksgiving

Melanie Kirkpatrick quoted in The Atlantic’s “The Big Question”

Melanie Kirkpatrick quoted by Fox News and CBC on David Sneddon, a missing US student whose family claims was kidnapped by North Korea

Melanie Kirkpatrick quoted by The Financial Times on North Korean refugees attempting to escape to China

Melanie Kirkpatrick’s new book, Thanksgiving: The Holiday At The Heart Of The American Experience reviewed in the Washington Times

Melanie Kirkpatrick quoted in Reuters on people escaping from North Korea