Nicholas Kristof to explain his optimism about U.S. democracy in online talk with KCRW’s Madeleine Brand on May 31

D.J. Eaton
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes.Photo by(World Economic Forum/Wikimedia Commons)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof will join Madeleine Brand of KCRW for an online discussion of reasons for optimism about American democracy on May 31 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Free access to the virtual event can be obtained by registering at Eventbrite.

Kristof was the head of the paper's Beijing bureau during the bloody June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. In 1990, the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting was given to Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn for their "knowledgeable reporting from China on the mass movement for democracy and its subsequent suppression."
Kristof became a New York Times columnist in 2001 and won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for columns about the genocide in Darfur. He was also a Pulitzer finalist in 1998 and 2005. In recent columns, Kristof has focused on gun violence, chronic pain in America and the indictment of former President Donald Trump.
In 2020, Kristof and his wife published Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Centered on his hometown of Yamhill in rural Oregon, the book is about the threats facing low-income Americans and possible solutions. The authors spoke about their book at a meeting of the Commonwealth Club of California that can be viewed on YouTube.

Brand hosts the news program Press Play on NPR station KCRW, based at Santa Monica College. She also co-hosts The Legal Eagle Files, KCRW's legal affairs podcast.

The May 31 virtual event is being hosted by two Los Angeles-based organizations, Community Advocates, Inc. and Jews United for Democracy and Justice, as part of their America at a Crossroads series. Videos of past events in the series can be viewed at their websites.

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