About 

  • Kristie Lu Stout is an award-winning anchor/correspondent for CNN and host of News Stream, CNN's flagship Asia-Pacific program broadcast live each weeknight from Hong Kong to the world.

    On News Stream, Lu Stout weaves together the day's biggest stories, while tracking a region in constant transformation with fresh insight into the new ideas and discoveries shaping tomorrow.

    For CNN Digital and TV, she has conducted a number of in-depth interviews with some of the world's most innovative thinkers including Jane Goodall, Bill Gates, and Ai Weiwei.

    Lu Stout also goes into the field to report on major breaking news stories. She spent a week in Christchurch covering the aftermath of the New Zealand terror attacks. Live in Beijing, she covered Donald Trump's first official visit to China as US President. Live from Seoul and Tokyo, she reported on North Korea's advancing weapons tests as well as historic diplomatic moves to ease the tension on the Korean Peninsula.

    Based in China for two decades, Lu Stout maintains a focus on how developments in China are dramatically changing the world for all of us. From anchoring CNN's groundbreaking Eye on China series in 2004, to covering the Trump-Xi Jinping Summit in Beijing, Lu Stout has remained committed to reporting on the country. She was also instrumental in launching On China, CNN's first-ever regular series focused on the country -- a first by any international TV news network.

    In 2018, Lu Stout was awarded Best News or Current Affairs Presenter at the Asian Academy Creative Awards, while her program News Stream was awarded Best News Program. She has also been recognized multiple times at the Asia Television Awards, and by the Royal Television Society for her coverage of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

    With more than 800,000 fans and followers on social media, Lu Stout believes in engaging with her viewers and makes social media an integral part of her reporting. She also believes in contributing to the debate with viewers off-camera with regular speaking and moderating appearances and is well known for her style in stimulating frank and lively conversations.

    Lu Stout also uses her platform to lift up women's voices, regularly speaking and reporting on female achievement as well as the unique challenges women and girls face around the world including gender inequality, the fight for equal pay, and efforts to expose and end sexual harassment. Lu Stout also plays an active role in promoting the CNN Freedom Project, the network's award-winning initiative focused on reporting stories of modern-day slavery, including student outreach in Hong Kong as part of #MyFreedomDay.

    Lu Stout started her career in journalism in San Francisco at Wired magazine's online division. She has written on technology for various media publications including the South China Morning Post, where she founded and wrote the Beijing Byte column. Before her career in journalism, she was an early employee at Beijing-based Internet company Sohu.com and worked for Reuters' new media team in China.

    Lu Stout is American of Chinese and European descent. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from Stanford University, and studied advanced Mandarin Chinese at Beijing's Tsinghua University.