Thirty-seven years after The New York Times as a journalist, editor-in-chief and psychologist, Nicholas Kristof is leaving the newspaper to consider running for governor of Oregon, the editor-in-chief of the Times said in a letter to staff and China.
Mr. Kristof, 66, has been on leave from The Times since June, when he told company officials that it was difficult for him to run for governor in the province where he grew up. On Tuesday, he filed a lawsuit against a secretary of state in Oregon, indicating that his interest was serious.
In an email to staff announcing her departure, Kathleen Kingsbury, editor of The Times, wrote that Mr. Kristof had redefined the role of journalist and praised him for raising the media form to elevate public service with a combination of complaints, great compassion and determination to testify for those suffering. all over the world. ”
Mr. Kristof, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, joined The Times in 1984 as a journalist and became vice president of the division, overseeing Sunday’s translation. He started his career in 2001.
“This has been my dream job, even with malaria, a plane crash in Congo and frequent arrests abroad for journalism,” Kristof said in a statement included in a letter announcing his departure. “But here I am, quitting my job – reluctantly.”
In July, Mr Kristof, who grew up on a sheep and cherry farm in Yamhill, Ore., Said in a statement that friends were taking him to replace Kate Brown, Democrat, who had been governor of Oregon since 2015 and was protected from running again by state law.
“Nick is one of the best journalists of his age,” AG Sulzberger, a publisher of The Times, said in a tweet. “As a journalist and writer, he has a long history of good work ethic. He feels compassion as fearless. He is open-minded as he is taught. Not only did he testify, he forced himself to focus on issues and people that others were free to ignore. “
As part of this announcement, Mrs. Kingsbury noted that Mr. Kristof was on leave from his office in accordance with the Times’ rules, which prohibit participation in much of public life. “Journalists have no place in political arenas,” says the handbook.
Mr. Kristof, a former Beijing branch commander, won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1990, for international exposure, an award he shared with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, a former journalist, for their protest in Tiananmen Square and the Chinese military kidnapping. Second, in 2006, he became aware of his involvement in the Darfur conflict in Sudan, which was declared a military operation by the International Criminal Court.
Mr. Kristof and Mrs. WuDunn wrote several books together. The most recent, “Tightrope,” released last year, examines people’s lives in Yamhill, a prosperous blue town that collapsed as jobs lost and poverty, drug addiction and suicide increased.
“I have come to know presidents and dictators, Nobel laureates and warlords, visiting 105 countries,” Kristof said in a statement on Thursday. “And especially because I have a lot of work, excellent editors and good readers, I can be a fool to leave. But you all know how much I love Oregon, and how I was trapped by the suffering of old friends there. So I guess I just had to try not only to expose the problems but also to see if I could solve them directly. ”