After 37 years at The New York Occasions as a reporter, high-level editor and opinion columnist, Nicholas Kristof is leaving the newspaper as he considers operating for governor of Oregon, a high Occasions editor mentioned in a be aware to the workers on Thursday.
Mr. Kristof, 62, has been on depart from The Occasions since June, when he advised firm executives that he was weighing a run for governor within the state the place he grew up. On Tuesday, he filed to prepare a candidate committee with Oregon’s secretary of state, signaling that his curiosity was severe.
Within the electronic mail to the workers saying his departure, Kathleen Kingsbury, The Occasions’s opinion editor, wrote that Mr. Kristof had redefined the function of opinion columnist and credited him with “elevating the journalistic type to a brand new peak of public service with a mixture of incisive reporting, profound empathy and a willpower to bear witness to these struggling and struggling throughout the globe.”
Mr. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, joined The Occasions in 1984 as a reporter and later grew to become an affiliate managing editor, chargeable for the Sunday editions. He began his column in 2001.
“This has been my dream job, even with malaria, a airplane crash in Congo and periodic arrests overseas for committing journalism,” Mr. Kristof mentioned in a press release included within the be aware saying his departure. “But right here I’m, resigning — very reluctantly.”
In July, Mr. Kristof, who grew up on a sheep and cherry farm in Yamhill, Ore., mentioned in a press release that mates had been recruiting him to succeed Kate Brown, a Democrat, who has been Oregon’s governor since 2015 and is prevented from operating once more by the state legislation.
“Nick is without doubt one of the best journalists of his era,” A.G. Sulzberger, The Occasions’s writer, mentioned in a press release. “As a reporter and columnist he has lengthy embodied the very best values of our career. He’s as empathetic as he’s fearless. He’s as open-minded as he’s principled. He didn’t simply bear witness, he compelled consideration to points and folks that others had been all too snug ignoring.”
As a part of the announcement, Ms. Kingsbury famous that Mr. Kristof had been on depart from his column in accordance with Occasions pointers, which forbid participation in lots of points of public life. “Journalists haven’t any place on the taking part in fields of politics,” the handbook states.
Mr. Kristof, a former Beijing bureau chief, received his first Pulitzer Prize in 1990, for worldwide reporting, an award he shared together with his spouse, Sheryl WuDunn, a former reporter, for his or her protection of the protests at Tiananmen Sq. and the crackdown by China’s army. The second, in 2006, acknowledged his columns on the Darfur battle in Sudan, which the Worldwide Legal Courtroom has categorized as a genocide.
Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn have written a number of books collectively. The latest, “Tightrope,” printed final yr, examines the lives of individuals in Yamhill, a once-prosperous blue-collar city that went into decline when jobs disappeared and poverty, drug dependancy and suicides had been on the rise.
“I’ve gotten to know presidents and tyrants, Nobel laureates and warlords, whereas visiting 160 nations,” Mr. Kristof mentioned in his assertion on Thursday. “And exactly as a result of I’ve an ideal job, excellent editors and the very best readers, I could also be an fool to go away. However you all know the way a lot I like Oregon, and the way a lot I’ve been seared by the struggling of outdated mates there. So I’ve reluctantly concluded that I ought to attempt not solely to show issues but in addition see if I can repair them immediately.”