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Kristof leaves the Times in prep for governor run



Kristof also sought out a legal opinion from the powerhouse Democratic legal firm Perkins Coie that asserts he meets the residency requirement to run for governor.

At the Times, Kristof was known for his crusading columns about war, repression and human rights around the world. In 1990 he won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement along with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then a Times journalist. They were the first married couple to win such an honor.

Sixteen years later, Kristof won the Pulitzer for commentary for deeply reported columns on genocide in Darfur. Since 2006, he’s held a contest where the winners joined him on a reporting trip to a country or region facing development challenges.

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Kristof has written before about his home state and the city of Portland, including an April column where he contemplated the ways government could help improve the “sullied but still lovely” city, as he put it. In it, he praised President Joe Biden and others who he said were focusing on tangible, nitty-gritty improvements.

“Grand gestures for justice are fine, but they can’t substitute for quiet competence in keeping people safe, getting people housed or picking up the garbage,” Kristof wrote.

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