Kitty Pilgrim is a New York-based correspondent for CNN Business News, the division of CNN Worldwide that produces business news for CNN/U.S., CNN International, Headline News, CNN Airport Network, CNNRadio, and the Web site CNN/Money. Pilgrim serves as a regular correspondent for Lou Dobbs Tonight.
Pilgrim joined CNN Business News in 1986 as a production assistant. From 1988-1990, she served as writer and field producer for Moneyline and as a writer and producer for Inside Business. In 1990, Pilgrim was named a business news correspondent. Prior to her current position, Pilgrim anchored CNNs morning program Early Edition, as well as CNNs Your Money, a program that informs viewers about personal finance.
Pilgrim also served as a correspondent for CNNs Southeast Bureau and was the lead correspondent on the Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic bombing in 1998 and the subsequent hunt for suspect Eric Rudolph. Pilgrims business and general-news experience also includes having reported extensively on the Russian economy and the end of apartheid in South Africa. She won an Overseas Press Club Citation Award for her coverage of the Russian economy in 1991, and a New York Association of Black Journalists Award for her apartheid reports in 1993. She was also part of the CNN Moneyline team that won an Overseas Press Club Award for its week of unprecedented live broadcasts from Havana, Cuba, in 1995.
In January 2000, Pilgrim was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations and is an active participant in the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs Roundtable on Foreign Policy.
Pilgrim earned a degree in political science and Russian from Manhattanville College and a masters from Columbia University in international affairs/Soviet studies. She also studied at the Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union.