Some News About Me
I'll rejoin the New York Times in the fall, while still based in Oregon
The New York Times announced today that I’ll be resuming my column in the fall, after I complete the journalistic memoir I’m now working on.
I’m delighted to rejoin the greatest paper in the world: I was at The Times for 37 years, I love it as an institution, and it’s a great platform for offering ideas and propelling issues onto the agenda. The Times was also wonderful about letting me travel to remote places like Yemen or Darfur or Myanmar to report on human rights crises or genocide, even if those weren’t exactly clickbait.
My plan is to continue to base myself here in Oregon but spend a week every month or two in New York. I’ll also travel quite a bit, domestically and abroad, and it will continue to be a heavily reported column. Given the West Coast base, I may do a bit more from Asia, and I also hope to write more about domestic issues from homelessness to addiction to education. I’m intrigued, for example, by those places that have made headway on homelessness and what the lessons are for the rest of the country.
It’ll be a few months before I finish my book and am ready to resume the column, but I still welcome suggestions for topics to think about for the column when I do take it up.
Here’s the note from Katie Kingsbury, the Times opinion editor, announcing my return:
In his “farewell” column before running for governor of Oregon, Nick Kristof mentioned that when William Safire was asked if he would give up his Times column to be secretary of state, he replied, “Why take a step down?” Now Nick is stepping up, resuming his Opinion column and once again interpreting the world’s depth and complexity for Times readers.
Nick built a deep and enduring relationship with our audience in the United States and worldwide over the course of his four-decade career at The Times. He is the quintessential trusted voice: This past May, for instance, he wrote a guest essay for Times Opinion about gun violence and gun control in the aftermath of the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde — and nearly 1,800 readers commented on the piece, with many expressing gratitude for Nick’s clear arguments and sensible ideas. He draws on deep experience as a reporter, an interviewer and a listener, and is committed to pursuing the truth with an open and inquisitive mind and a keen appreciation for context, nuance and accuracy.
As a foreign correspondent, Nick won a Pulitzer in 1990, with his colleague and wife, Sheryl WuDunn, for their reporting on the pro-democracy movement in China and at Tiananmen Square. He turned to commentary in 2001 and was a Pulitzer finalist in that category in 2004 and 2005 before winning in 2006. Nick was a finalist for a Pulitzer again in 2012 and 2016. He has been a finalist seven times in total. His work has consistently had an impact and led to changes in the injustices he uncovered. His annual holiday column has raised more than $21 million for charitable groups. It’s just one of the many examples of how he has regularly used his platform for public service.
We are delighted to have him back. Not only is Nick an excellent journalist who has redefined what a modern columnist could be, he is a terrific colleague.
Please join me in welcoming Nick back to Times Opinion. We expect his column to resume this fall, after he has completed a new book.
excellent news that you're rejoining the NYT, but please remain in Oregon and consider another run at the governorship. You'll have my vote
Yes! You belong at the TIMES and on the farm in Oregon and in the Governor’s office.