I was raised on a pretty steady diet of the New York Times, so I kind of assumed that everyone had heard of Nicholas Kristof. However, I’ve brought up his name a couple of times in the last week in regards to the current events in Egypt, and people don’t seem to have heard of him. So I thought I would share:
(South Sudan) Kristof pulls out this picture whenever possible. Yes, that is George Clooney. Yes, they are lying on a bed. No. I have no idea why.
Kristoff has been a columnist for the NYTs since 2001. You can read his biography on the website for yourself. I like him because of his focus: he writes about development and crisis from a very human perspective. He is also very aware of the journalistic process and will often comment on how that has affected the story. Lately he has started soliciting advice and comments from his followers on Facebook.
My favorite columns are the ones on Africa. I find it is often difficult to find good coverage on events in Sub-Saharan Africa, and he offers interesting insights.
I don’t agree with everything he says. He is a big fan of do-it-yourself-development (e.g., inexperienced people going overseas for a week or two and building a school or teaching English), which I am personally wary of. But he makes an interesting case and will often draw focus to horrifying/fascinating issues.
Here are some column’s to check out:
2.Win a Trip 2011— I’ve always wanted to apply, but obviously I am not an American Resident.
This past year Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, wrote a book called “Half the Sky.” The book chronicles the role of women in the world and the failure of the international community to protect women. I read the book while interning at a school in Malawi. The founder of the school was a huge Kristof fan.
My dad, not surprisingly, gave me the book for Christmas.