Longtime New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is leaving the paper as he weighs a run for governor of Oregon, staffers had been informed Thursday.
Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who grew up in Yamhill, Oregon, took a depart of absence from the Times in July whereas he weighed a possible bid to switch Governor Kate Brown, a term-limited Democrat.
Kathleen Kingsbury, The Times’ opinion editor, announced his departure in a letter to workers Thursday.
Kristof, 62, has been with The Times for practically 40 years, becoming a member of the paper in 1984 as a reporter.
As a international correspondent, Kristof shared a Pulitzer in 1990 together with his colleague and spouse, Sheryl WuDunn, for his or her work protecting the pro-democracy motion in China and the 1989 bloodbath at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
He converted from news to opinion writing as 2001 and he’s been a columnist since. In that place, he gained one other Pulitzer in 2006 for his protection of the genocide within the Darfur area of Sudan.
Most lately, Kristof’s investigation into unlawful content material on PornHub led the corporate to implement main modifications and guarantee extra regulation over movies uploaded to the positioning.
“When Abe Rosenthal hired me in 1984 to cover international economics for The Times, I figured I would leave only by retirement,” Kristof said in a statement.
“This has been my dream job, even with malaria, a aircraft crash in Congo and periodic arrests overseas for committing journalism. Yet right here I’m, resigning — very reluctantly.
“And precisely because I have a great job, outstanding editors and the best readers, I may be an idiot to leave. But you all know how much I love Oregon, and how much I’ve been seared by the suffering of old friends there. So I’ve reluctantly concluded that I should try not only to expose problems but also see if I can fix them directly.”
A.G. Sulzberger, The Times’s writer, known as him “one of the finest journalists of his generation.”
“As a reporter and columnist he has long embodied the best values of our profession. He is as empathetic as he is fearless. He is as open minded as he is principled,” he mentioned within the notice to workers. “He didn’t simply bear witness, he pressured consideration to points and people who others had been all too comfy ignoring.
“It’s hard to overstate how much I’ll miss him as a reader and as a colleague.”