Kristie Lu Stout
Kristie Lu Stout is an award-winning anchor/correspondent for CNN International, having joined the network in 2001. Stout co-hosts the network's morning program “CNN Today” with Hugh Riminton from CNN's Asian headquarters in Hong Kong. “CNN Today” was awarded “Current affairs program of the year” at the prestigious Asian Television Awards, whilst Stout herself won the award for “Best news presenter or anchor.”
Prior to “CNN Today,” Stout was CNN’s technology correspondent and host of the daily “Tech Watch” segment. In seven years since joining the network she has consistently reported on high-tech developments.
She has conducted in-depth interviews with some of technology’s biggest newsmakers including Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. She has reported on the rise of virtual communities including Wikipedia back in 2003, the beginnings of Web 2.0 and was also the first CNN correspondent to report from within Second Life.
In addition to her technology experience, Stout has also covered a wide range of China-related topics. She has reported live from Tiananmen Square in Beijing to cover the city’s preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games, from Tokyo on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s historic visit to Japan and live from Shanghai during CNN’s “Eye on China” week of special programming.
Additional global experience includes reports from the DMZ between North and South Korea during the network’s “Eye on South Korea” special, from Indonesia one year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, and Vietnam after its entry into the WTO.
Her career in journalism started in San Francisco at Wired magazine's online division. Stout has written extensively on technology for media outlets including Wired and the South China Morning Post, where she founded and wrote the “Beijing Byte” column.
She was one of the first employees to join the Beijing-based Internet portal Sohu.com and worked for Reuters' new media division in China. Stout holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree from Stanford University and studied advanced Mandarin Chinese at Beijing's Tsinghua University.
Her community efforts include speaking to university students across the region and she has lectured to journalism students at Peking University, Hong Kong University and the National University of Singapore.