Mr. Kristof, two Once a Pulitzer Prize winner, is considering running for governor of Oregon, the state he grew up in.
After 37 years in New York As a journalist, editor and opinion columnist for The Times, Nicholas Kristof is leaving the paper as he plans to run for govt.erneur from Oregon, a Times editor said in a note to staff Thursday.
Kristof, 62, has been on leave from The Times since June, when he told company executives he was considering running for governor in the state he grew up in. Tuesday it filed to organize a nominating committee with the Oregon Secretary of State signaling serious interest.
In staff email announcing his departure, Times opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury wrote that Mr Kristof had redefined the role of columnist for The Times. 'opinion and credited it with' elevating journalistic form to a new high of public service with a mixture of incisive reporting, deep empathy and udetermination to bear witness to those who struggle and suffer throughout the world. "
Mr. Kristof , a double Pulitzer prize w inner , joined The Times in 1984 as a journalist and later became associate editor, responsible for Sunday editions. He began his column in 2001.
" This is my dream job, even with malaria, a plane crash in Congo and periodic arrests abroad for doing journalism, "Kristof said in a statement. included in the note announcing his departure. "Yet I resign - reluctantly.
In julllet, Mr Kristof, who grew up on a shee p and Cherry Farm in Yamhill, Oregon, said in a statement that friends were recruiting him to succeed Kate Brown, a Democrat, who has served as governor of Oregon since 2015. and who is barred from representing himself by state law.
"Nick is one of the best journalists of his generation," said AG Sulzberger, publisher of The Times, in a statement. “As a journalist and columnist, he has long embodied the best values of our profession. He is as empathetic as he is fearless. He is as open of mind as he is of principle. He didn't just testify, he drew attention to issues and people that others were too comfortable to ignore. noted that Mr Kristof had been on leave from his column in accordance with The Times guidelines, which prohibit participation in many aspects of public life. "Journalists do not have theirplace on the playing fields of politics, ”the manual states.
M r. Kristof, a former Beijing bureau chief, won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1990, for international reporting, an award he shared with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, a former journalist, for their coverage of the protests on the Tiananmen Square and the Chinese military crackdown. The second, in 2006, acknowledged his chronicles on the conflict in Darfur in Sudan, which the International Criminal Court qualified as genocide.
Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn have written several books together. Most recent, "Tightrope, published last year, examines the lives of residents of Yamhill, a once prosperous blue-collar town that declined as jobs disappeared and poverty left the city.xicomania and suicides were on the march on ri se.
"I got to know presidents and tyrants, Nobel laureates and warlords, visiting 160 countries, "Kristof said in his statement Thursday. "And precisely because I have great work, great editors, and the best readers, I might be a fool to leave. But you all know how much I love Oregon, and how deeply I have been affected by the suffering of old friends there. So I reluctantly concluded that I should try not only to expose the issues but also see if I can fix them directly. "