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PROFILE: RUSM Graduation Speaker Nicholas Kristof

May 26, 2015

Award-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof—slated to speak at Ross University School of Medicine’s (RUSM) Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 30—has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. During his travels, he’s caught malaria, experienced wars, confronted warlords, and survived an African airplane crash. Kristof not only managed to survive and press on, he’s also won two Pulitzers in the process – while advocating human rights and giving a voice to the voiceless.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed Kristof as “an honorary African” for his reporting on conflicts there, and President Bill Clinton said that “There is no one in journalism, anywhere in the United States at least, who has done anything like the work he has done to figure out how poor people are actually living around the world, and what their potential is.”

After joining The New York Times in 1984, Kristof served as a correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He has covered presidential politics, interviewed everyone from President Obama to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and was the first blogger on The New York Times website. A documentary about him, Reporter, executive produced by Ben Affleck, aired on HBO, and he has more than 3 million fans combined on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. He has won several awards, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Anne Frank Award and the Fred Cuny Award for Prevention of Armed Conflict. He also serves on the board of Harvard University and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars.

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