Since 1984, Nicholas Kristof’s byline has appeared in the New York Times. He’s written extensively about Asia, having served as the paper’s bureau chief in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing, where he and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, covered the Tiananmen Square democracy movement – work that won them the Pulitzer Prize in 1990.
Kristof, who was raised in Yamhill, Oregon, has written from Africa and Europe, too, written and covered the 2000 presidential election, concentrating on the campaign of George W. Bush. Since 2001, he’s been an op-ed columnist for the Times, covering politics, international affairs, health, human rights and women’s rights. He won his second Pulitzer, for commentary in 2006, for his deeply reported columns about the genocide in Darfur.
He and WuDunn have written several books, including “Half the Sky,” which centered on the oppression of women and girls in the developing world, and “A Path Appears,” which looks at solutions and strategies for solving the world’s great problems, such as poverty, sex trafficking and violence.
On Monday, the night before one of the most hotly contested midterm elections in recent U.S. history, Kristof will be at Gonzaga University in Spokane talking about the state of American journalism in the era of “fake news” and President Donald Trump’s assertion that journalists are enemies of the people. His talk, presented by Humanities Washington and the Gonzaga University Center for Public Humanities, will center on the relationship between the humanities, journalism and democracy.
In advance of his trip to Spokane, Kristof took a few minutes to answer questions, via email, about the state of journalism today and challenges ahead for media and democracy.
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