Nicholas Kristof is leaving New York Times

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The New York Times told staff on Thursday that Star columnist Nicholas Kristof is leaving the newspaper, Nerdshala has learned.

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why it mattersThe news comes just days after Christoph set up a political action committee ahead of a possible run for governor of Oregon.

  • He took leave of absence from the Times in July, while he weighed a potential bid.
  • The Times announced his departure in an email to employees on Thursday.

big pictureChristoph: Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has been with the Times as a columnist for over 20 years.

  • He has produced some of the most powerful investigations in the Times.
  • Recently, Christophes Investigation Coming to Pornhub, the company had to make a lot of changes.
  • In July, Christoph told two Oregon newspapers that he was considering running for governor in 2022. He moved back to his hometown farm in Yamhill, Oregon, in 2019. Oregonian.
  • The current Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) is for a limited period after this year.

go in: Read the full memo to the staff below from Opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury.


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Few columnists have better embodied The Times’ journalistic values ​​than Nick Kristoff, which makes it difficult to say today that he has decided to leave us after a long 37-year career.

An opinion columnist since 2001, Nick redefines the role in the best possible way – taking the form of journalism to a new height of public service, with intense reporting, intense empathy and testimony to people in conflict and suffering around the world. I was determined to give. .

Nick, by heart, is a reporter: As a foreign correspondent, Nick won Pulitzer in 1990, along with his colleague and wife, Sherrill Wooden, for his work about China and the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square, and as a columnist he has brought to us the hardest truths and most inspiring stories country-by-country. -Continued to travel the country. the audience. Nick was a finalist for Pulitzer in commentary before 2004 and 2005 win in 2006. That year the Pulitzer Board cited “his graphic, in-depth reported column that focused on the genocide in Darfur, at personal peril, and which gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.” Nick was again a finalist for the Pulitzer in 2012. and 2016; He has been a Pulitzer finalist a total of seven times.

Nick has been a generous collaborator and wise counselor, a constant source of journalistic creativity and ambitious standard-setting, in his years with us. He is often the first to welcome a newcomer to an opinion or to congratulate a colleague on success or good fortune; There really is no end to his generosity. But whatever it is, Nick has shown us how to pursue journalism as both a noble and purposeful mission, to help the less fortunate and the powerful and privileged not to take the pain out of this world. be forced to watch. He did so not in a hectoring or guilt-ridden way, but in a spirit of trying to make a difference.

Their dispatches don’t just point to problems, they routinely lead to real changes that make lives better – their discovery reporting on the Pornhub website and the racial health inequalities faced by Native American communities alone Consider the effect. And their reach has only grown as Nick experimented with new mediums and adapted them. He now regularly harnesses the power of video, sound, photos and social media to make sure that will be noticed, especially by the younger generations. Her annual holiday column alone, to promote a little-known charity, has raised $21 million for groups that treat clubfoot, deworm children, or repair devastating fistulas.

“Nick is one of the finest journalists of his generation. As a reporter and columnist he has long embraced the best values ​​of our profession. He is as sensitive as he is fearless. He is as open-minded as he is. That they are principled. They didn’t. Just to testify, they drew attention to issues and people that everyone else was ignoring,” said AG Sulzberger, publisher of The Times. “It’s hard to say how much I’ll miss him as a reader and a collaborator.”

According to our guidelinesNick has been on vacation since June as he searches for a run for governor of Oregon.

“When Abe Rosenthal hired me in 1984 to cover international economics for The Times, I thought I would only leave after retirement,” Nick said. “It has been my dream job, even with malaria, a plane crash in the Congo and periodic arrests abroad for journalism. Yet I am resigning here – very reluctantly.

“I have been on the ride of a lifetime with the Times. Traveling 160 countries I have had the opportunity to get to know presidents and tyrants, Nobel laureates and warlords. And precisely because I have a great job, an excellent editor and the best Readers, I may be a nerd for going. But you all know how much I love Oregon, and how much I’ve been taken aback by the agony of old friends there. So I’ve reluctantly concluded that I should Trying to not only uncover the problems but also see if I can directly fix them.”

Nick, you have made a difference in countless lives over the years and certainly in our lives. Thank you for your work, for your friendship and leadership, and for the example you set for journalists everywhere.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that Christoph has been with the Times as a columnist for 20 years.


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