Pulitzer Prize winner shines a journalistic light on global issues
by: Frazer Harrison, 
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof grew up on a farm in Yamhill and has gone on to journalism greatness. He’ll be speaking at PSU Oct. 22.

Famed New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who spent his formative years in Oregon, will be the keynote speaker at PSU Weekend, Oct. 22 to 24.

Kristof will speak at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Portland State University's Lincoln Hall theater, corner of Broadway Avenue and Market Street. Admission is $25, and $22 for PSU faculty, staff and alumni.

Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for the Times who has traveled to China, Africa, India and South Asia offering a compassionate glimpse into global health, poverty and gender in the developing world.

He's the subject of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival documentary 'Reporter.' He and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. They co-wrote 'ChinaWakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power.'

Their latest book is 'Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.'

Portland State tabs PSU Weekend as a unique community-wide event sponsored by the PSU Alumni Association that welcomes more than 1,200 friends, alumni and neighbors to campus for an educational and entertaining weekend. For more information, go to www.pdx .edu/alumni/psu-weekend.

Kristof was born in Chicago, but he grew up on a sheep and cherry farm in Yamhill. His father, Kris Kristof, and mother, Jane Kristof, were both longtime Portland State professors. He has been with The New York Times since 1984.

- Jason Vondersmith

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