I'm Nick Kristof. You may know me from my books and my columns for The New York Times, or for my campaign for governor of my home state, Oregon.

I'm interested in solving problems — from homelessness here in the United States to genocide abroad. My work has often focused on those left behind, for I've lost too many friends to educational failure, addiction, and deaths of despair. More than a quarter of the kids on my old No. 6 bus in rural Yamhill, Oregon are gone for those reasons, and this has seared me. I know we can do better. 

I understand the convening power of a political office, a column — and, I hope, of a Substack newsletter.

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a has-been journalist and has-been politician looking at the world through Oregon eyes


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