Sullivan and his wife, a fellow journalist at The Washington Post, Mary Jordan, have written two books together, including The New York Times No. 1 Bestseller, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland (with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus).
Sullivan was a Post foreign correspondent for 14 years, working with Jordan as the newspaper's co-bureau chiefs in Tokyo from 1995 to 1999, Mexico City from 2000 to 2005, and London from 2005 to 2009. He has also served as the Post's chief foreign correspondent, deputy foreign editor, and Sunday and Features Editor.
A frequent commentator on television and radio, Sullivan is a regular guest on the BBC Television's Dateline London program. He and Jordan have also been featured authors at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
|Born||November 5, 1959|
|Alma mater||University of New Hampshire|
Sullivan was raised in Brunswick, Maine and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1981. After working for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island and the Gloucester Daily Times in Massachusetts, Sullivan joined the Post in 1991. At the Post, Sullivan has reported on six continents from more than 75 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Cuba, Burma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Haiti.
Sullivan spent a year studying Japanese language and East Asian affairs at Georgetown University in 1994–95, and he studied Spanish and Latin American affairs as a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University from 1999–2000.
Sullivan and Jordan won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a series of stories about the Mexican criminal justice system. They were also finalists for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, along with four Post photographers, for a series of stories on difficulties facing women around the world. The Pulitzer citation credited the series for "its sensitive examination of how females in the developing world are often oppressed from birth to death, a reporting project marked by indelible portraits of women and girls and enhanced by multimedia presentations."
Sullivan and Jordan, with Post colleague Keith Richburg, also won the 1998 George Polk Award for their reporting on the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. Sullivan and Jordan have also won several other journalism awards, including those from the Overseas Press Club of America and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Sullivan and Jordan are the authors of The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail . The book was honored with the Christopher Award in 2006.
They were also the authors—together with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the women kidnapped and held for nearly a decade by Ariel Castro in Cleveland—of Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, published by Viking in April 2015. The book reached the no. 1 position on The New York Times bestseller list on May 17, 2015.
Sullivan also contributed a chapter to Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power, a Washington Post biography of then-candidate Donald Trump published by Scribner in 2016.
Sullivan and Jordan contributed a chapter to Nine Irish Lives: The Thinkers, Fighters and Artists Who Helped Build America, edited by Mark Bailey and published by Algonquin Books in 2018.