Special Guest Speaker

Nicholas Kristof

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof has contributed to The New York Times for nearly four decades—as a reporter and a columnist—covering topics ranging from presidential politics to human rights issues. Early in his career, Kristof backpacked through Africa and Asia, writing articles to fund his travels. He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and visited more than 150 countries. During his adventures, he survived malaria, encounters with wars and warlords, and an airplane crash, among other adversities. After joining The New York Times in 1984, Kristof served as a correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He has interviewed everyone from President Obama to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and he was the first blogger on the New York Times website. 

In 1990, Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn—then also a journalist for The New York Times—became the first husband-wife team to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof won his second Pulitzer in 2006 for what the judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.” 

Together, Kristof and WuDunn have written five best-selling books, including Half the Sky and A Path Appears, each of which inspired a prime-time PBS documentary series. Kristof has won innumerable awards, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Anne Frank Award, and the Fred Cuny Award for Prevention of Armed Conflict.

As a speaker, Kristof captivates with his moving storytelling and unique insights into the events that shape our world. On our voyage through the Azores, he will share lessons learned from his decades of reporting, as well as thoughts on the philanthropy revolution—a movement that extends to sustainability initiatives. As a leading destination in sustainable tourism, the Azores provides a fascinating backdrop for discussions with Kristof on how conservation is tied to human rights and social justice.