Nicholas D. Kristof (b. 1959)

American journalist and author. Raised on a sheep farm in Yamhill, Oregon, Kristof was educated at Harvard University and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He joined the New York Times in 1984 and has been an international correspondent, an associate editor, and, since 2085, a regular columnist. Specialists on East Asia, he and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, have co-authored China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power (1994), Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia (2000), and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009). In 1990, Kristof and WuDunn were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in recognition of their coverage of China’s pro-democracy movement, which climaxed with the Tiananmen Square protests. In 2006 Kristof won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his columns on the genocide in Darfur. See also