“Nick Kristof is one of the most inspiring journalists of our time,” said Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center. “His work’s great power is that it awakens passion and concern in others.”
Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. Kristof won the Pulitzer Prize two times, in 1990 and 2006. In 2012, he was a Pulitzer finalist in Commentary for his 2011 columns that often focused on the disenfranchised in many parts of the world.
Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon. He graduated from Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1981 and then won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, where he studied law and graduated with first class honors. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries, plus all 50 states, every Chinese province and every main Japanese island.
After joining The New York Times in 1984, initially covering economics, he served as a correspondent in Los Angeles and as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. In 2000, he covered the presidential campaign, and he is the author of the chapter on George W. Bush in the reference book The Presidents. He later was associate managing editor of the Times, responsible for Sunday editions.
Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, are authors of three best-selling books: China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power; Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia; and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide in 2009. Kristof is also the subject of the 2010 HBO documentary executive-produced by Ben Affleck, “Reporter.” Kristof is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers.
Past recipients of the Goldsmith Career Award include Alan Rusbridger, Seymour Hersh, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Jennings, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning and Daniel Schorr. The Goldsmith Awards also include a major prize for investigative reporting and two book prizes.