The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof is best known for his bi-weekly columns in the New York Times. Most recently he’s written about his friend, Hassan al-Sahaf, who is being held captive in Bahrain; the child sex trade in India; and what he perceives as the over-militarization of the United States.
Kristof has traveled to more than 150 countries — many during his time at the New York Times. He’s lived on four continents and visited all 50 states. On Monday he’ll be lecturing in Portland at the World Affairs Council, speaking in part about his latest book Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide. He wrote this book, and his others, with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn.
Kristof may have been to many places, but his roots are here. He grew up on a small sheep and cherry farm in Yamhilll County. He graduated from Yamhill Carlton High School as class president and then moved on to do his undergrad at Portland State (where both of his parents were professors), then Harvard, then Oxford.
We’ll talk to Kristof about his global travels, international human rights, the future of journalism, and the Middle East. But we’ll also find out how he reflects on his home, now that he’s traveled — literally and metaphorically — so far from it.
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- Nicholas Kristof: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times and co-author of several books, including Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide