The Authors

Claire Shipman

Claire Shipman

Katty Kay

Katty Kay

Claire Shipman is a journalist, author, and public speaker. Before turning to writing, Claire spent fourteen years as a regular contributor to Good Morning America and other national broadcasts for ABC News. Prior to that, she served as the White House correspondent for NBC News. She also worked for CNN for a decade, covering the White House, and was posted in Moscow for five years. She’ll never forget the fall of the Soviet Union and watching ordinary citizens swarm city squares to pull down, with rope and a lot of anger, gigantic statues of the unpopular communist leaders. Her coverage helped CNN win a Peabody Award. She also received a DuPont Award and an Emmy Award for coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising. She studied Russian at Columbia College and earned a master’s degree from the School of International Affairs there. She’s now a member of Columbia’s board of trustees. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, son, daughter, and a pack of dogs.


Katty Kay is the anchor of “BBC World News America,” based in Washington, D.C. She is also a frequent contributor to “Meet the Press” and “Morning Joe.” In addition to her work on women’s issues, Kay has covered the Clinton administration sex scandal, three Presidential elections and the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. She was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked plane flew into the building on 9/11  one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack.

Kay grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied modern languages at Oxford and is a fluent French and Italian speaker with some “rusty Japanese.” Kay juggles her journalism with raising four children with her husband, a consultant.