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Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist


A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and chronicler of humanity. A seasoned journalist, he has traveled the major roads and minor byways of China, Africa, India, and South Asia, offering a compassionate glimpse into global health, poverty, and gender in the developing world. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries, all 50 states, every Chinese province, and every main Japanese island. He's also one of the few Americans to visit every member of the "Axis of Evil." A bestselling author, in his most recent book, A Path Appears, Kristof and his wife Sheryl Wudunn look around the world at people who are working to make it a better place, and show readers the numerous of ways this work can be supported. During his travels, he has had unpleasant experiences with malaria, wars, an Indonesian mob carrying heads on pikes, and an African airplane crash.

Kristof and his wife were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer in journalism for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. They wrote China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power together and co-authored the best-selling Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Addressing worldwide maltreatment, marginalization, and brutality towards women, Half the Sky draws a compelling picture of the trials and triumphs of women struggling for opportunity and equality. Called "electrifying" by The Washington Post, the book inspired a special four-hour PBS series of the same name. Often called the "reporter’s reporter," Kristof is also the subject of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival documentary Reporter (executive-produced by Ben Affleck).

Haunted by the Darfur genocide, Kristof has gone beyond reporting. He gives a voice to the voiceless. In his presentations, Kristof shares his firsthand accounts of some of the world’s most devastating human tragedies. Believing, "you [can] tell the story of a place by writing about a tiny village as a sort of prism into the bigger issues the culture [is] facing," Kristof also brings his audiences around the world with intimate tales of human courage and sacrifice. Ultimately delivering a message of hope, Kristof empowers audiences to not only understand the world we live in, but transform the lives of others within it.


  • 2013: Named an International Freedom Conductor by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • 2011: Named one of seven "Top American Leaders" by the Harvard Kennedy School and The Washington Post
  • 2009: Won Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement award with Wudunn
  • 2006: Won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • 2001-Present: Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times
  • 1994: Co-wrote China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
  • 1990: Won Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting with Sheryl Wudunn
  • 1984: Joined The New York Times
  • Education: B.A., Harvard University, J.D., Law, Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University


A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this stirring speech by Kristof is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them.

With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, Kristof investigates the art and science of giving by determining the current most successful local and global aid initiatives, evaluating the efficiency and impact of specific approaches and charities, as well as fund-raising. He offers practical advice to audiences on how best each of us can give and what we can personally derive from doing so. Soon to be the basis of a PBS four-hour series.

Reporting the Truths of the World

Kristof looks at the challenges facing the news media these days and tries to give some insight into the ethical dilemmas we face as journalists.

The World's Women: Fighting Poverty & Repression by Empowering Women & Girls

In this presentation, Kristof discusses the repression that women and girls face – from sex trafficking to acid attacks. It focuses on the fact that the only path to economic development is to educate girls and bring them into the economy.

A Call to Action: Encouraging Young People to Join the "World's Fight" & Take on a Cause Larger than Themselves

Kristof encourages students to find a cause they care about and leap into it. He shows that they truly can make a powerful difference. Engaging in such a cause puts meaning into one's own life.

A Haunting Portrait of Genocide in Darfur

This presentation is based on Kristof's ten trips to the Darfur area.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

The World as I See It: Moving to a Do-It-Yourself Foreign Policy

Reporting Sex Trafficking, Genocide & Other Truths of the World

Why Students Should Care About the World - & Change It

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