The Spirit of Anne Frank Awards

The Margrit Polak and Harvey Shields
2008 Human Writes Award

Nicholas D. Kristof

NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, a columnist for The Times since 2001, writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week.  Mr. Kristof grew up on a farm near Yamhill, Oregon. He graduated from Harvard College and then won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he studied law. He later studied Arabic in Cairo and Chinese in Taipei. After working in France, he backpacked around Africa and Asia, writing articles to cover his expenses. Mr. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to 140 countries, plus all 50 states, every Chinese province and every main Japanese island. He is also one of the very few Americans to be at least a two-time visitor to every member of the “Axis of Evil.” During his travels, he has been arrested or detained in more countries than most career criminals and has had unpleasant experiences with malaria, mobs and an airplane crash.

After joining The New York Times in 1984, he served as a correspondent in Los Angeles and as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He later was Associate Managing Editor, responsible for Sunday editions. In 1990 Mr. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, until recently also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Mr. Kristof  won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for what the judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.” In his column, Mr. Kristof was an early opponent of the Iraq war, was among the first to warn that we were losing ground in Afghanistan, and has regularly focused attention on global poverty, health and gender issues, as well as climate change. Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn are now writing a book about women in the developing world. They are the parents of  Gregory, Geoffrey and Caroline. Mr. Kristof enjoys running, backpacking, and having his Chinese and Japanese corrected by his children.



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