Nicholas Kristof is a columnist for The New York Times. Twice he has won the Pulitizer Prize, the first in 1990 for his reporting on China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement and the second in 2006 for his commentary on the conflict in Darfur. His most recent book is the bestseller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
Below is an edited transcript from the public discussion Kristof had with Sheila Coronel, Professor of Professional Practice at the Columbia Journalism School, as part of the “Covering Conflict” series sponsored by IRCPL.
Sheila Coronel: Welcome, Nick, to the journalism school.
Nicholas Kristof: Thank you.
Coronel: Let’s start with your book… The book is on the bestseller list and it’s in its seventh printing.
Nicholas Kristof: Twenty-first, actually.
Sheila Coronel: Oh, my information is obviously dated.
Nicholas Kristof: It tapped a market that nobody—neither we nor the publisher—really knew existed. It really struck a chord.