Name: Nicholas Kristof
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Journalist for the New York Times, op-ed columnist, author and two time Pulitzer Prize winner
Background: Kristof graduated from Harvard University and then attend law school at Oxford University in England. His interest in global journalism started in high school when he backpacked around Europe, writing articles to cover the expenses. Kristof has lived on four different continents, traveled to six including 140 different countries and all 50 of the United States. He joined the New York Times in 1984, and continues to work there up to date.
Why Kristof is a MAPS hero: Kristof embodies our work at MAPS, as he informs the world of the conditions of many countries in poverty. His articles in the Times focus on global health issues, gender issues, poverty and other such topics. Kristof doesn’t just report on these events comfortably from an office in Manhattan. He travels to these third-world, war torn countries filled with deadly diseases and many other dangers. His weekly columns not only inspire groups like MAPS, and other similar organizations, but they bring the worlds conflicts out into the open. With his columns, Kristof is able to introduce these issues to a public that would otherwise remain oblivious. Bill Clinton crystallized this idea is his statement that “there is no one in journalism…in the United States at least; who has done anything like the work [Kristof] has done to figure out how poor people are actually living around the world… So every American citizen… should be profoundly grateful that someone in our press establishment cares enough…to haul himself all around the world to figure out what’s going on….I am personally in his debt, as are we all.”