Kristof honored at Harvard
Kristof will addess the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, in Cambridge, in conjunction with the event. His visit and talk are being sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.
Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center, called Kristof one of the greatest journalists of our time. “His work’s great power is that it awakens passion and concern in others,” Jones said.
Kristof grew up near Yamhill. After graduating from Yamhill-Carlton High School, he enrolled at Harvard University, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He went on to win a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, where he graduated with first-class honors in the study of law.
He joined the New York Times in 1984, after a stint with Newsweek. He went on to become a foreign correspondent, with postings in Japan and China.
After returning home, he covered the 2000 presidential campaign for the Times. Then he became a nationally syndicated Times columnist.
Along the way, he won a two Pulitzer prizes and wrote three best-selling books in conjunction with his wife and former Times colleague, Sheryl WuDunn — “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.” He has lived on four continents, reported from six continents and traveled to more than 150 countries, in addition to every U.S. state, Chinese province and major Japanese island.
Past recipients of the Goldsmith Career Award include Alan Rusbridger, Seymour Hersh, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Jennings, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning and Daniel Schorr.