Kristof leaves the Times in prep for governor run

Kristof also sought legal advice from the powerful Democratic law firm Perkins Coie, which claims he meets the residency requirements to run for governor.

At the Times, Kristof was known around the world for his crusade columns on war, oppression and human rights. In 1990 he and his wife Sheryl WuDunn, who was then a journalist for the Times, won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Chinese democracy movement on Tiananmen Square. They were the first couple to receive such an honor.

Sixteen years later, Kristof won the Pulitzer for commenting on well-reported columns on the Darfur genocide. Since 2006 he has organized a competition in which the winners travel with him on a reporting trip to a country or region with development problems.

Kristof has previously written about his home state and the city of Portland, including an April column reflecting how the government could help improve what he called “a tainted but still beautiful” city. In it, he commended President Joe Biden and others who he said were focused on tangible, fundamental improvements.

“Grand gestures for justice are fine, but they cannot replace the silent competence of protecting people, housing people, or picking up the trash,” wrote Kristof.

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