Nicholas Kristof is an acclaimed author, journalist, and human rights advocate. Described as the “moral conscience” of international journalism, Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times. Through his travels, he offers his readers a compassionate, firsthand view into how global poverty, gender inequality, and lack of health care access affects millions of people around the world. He also was one of the first journalists at The New York Times to experiment with and use social media to share stories and connect with readers like never before.
Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. In his most recent book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, Kristof and his wife Sheryl Wudunn look around the world at people who are working to make it a better place, and show readers the numerous ways they can support this work.
Kristof and his wife were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. They wrote China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power together and coauthored the best-selling Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which draws a compelling picture of the trials and triumphs of women struggling for opportunity and equality. Called “electrifying” by The Washington Post, the book inspired a special PBS series of the same name. Often called the “reporter’s reporter,” Kristof is also the subject of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival documentary Reporter.
Kristof earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and later a law degree from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
NAFSA 2021 Plenary Sponsors
NAFSA thanks Florida International University for their generous support of the Tuesday plenary with Nicholas Kristof at NAFSA 2021.