[NEW DATE] Nicholas D. Kristof — Chasing Hope: A Reporter's Life - with David Sanger — at Conn Ave

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Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Since 1984, Nicholas Kristof has worked almost continuously for The New York Times as a reporter, foreign correspondent, bureau chief, and now columnist, becoming one of the foremost reporters of his generation. Here, he recounts his event-filled path from a small-town farm in Oregon to every corner of the world.

Reporting from Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, while traveling far afield to India, Africa, and Europe, Kristof witnessed and wrote about century-defining events: the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre, the Yemeni civil war, the Darfur genocide in Sudan, and the wave of addiction and despair that swept through his hometown and a broad swath of working-class America. Fully aware that coverage of atrocities generates considerably fewer page views than the coverage of politics, he nevertheless continued to weaponize his pen against regimes and groups violating basic human rights, raising the cost of oppression and torture. Some of the risks he took while doing so make for hair-raising reading.

Kristof writes about some of the great members of his profession and introduces us to extraordinary people he has met, such as the dissident whom he helped escape from China and a Catholic nun who browbeat a warlord into releasing schoolgirls he had kidnapped. These are the people, the heroes, who have allowed Kristof to remain optimistic. Side by side with the worst of humanity, you always see the best.

This is a candid memoir of vulnerability and courage, humility and purpose, mistakes and learning--a singular tale of the trials, tribulations, and hope to be found in a life dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

Nicholas D. Kristof is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, where he was previously bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He is the coauthor, with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, of five previous books: Tightrope, A Path Appears, Half the Sky, Thunder from the East, and China Wakes. He was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, one with WuDunn in 1990 for their coverage of China, and the second in 2006 for his columns on Darfur.

Kristof will be in conversation with David E. Sanger. Sanger is the White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times and the bestselling author of The Inheritance, Confront and Conceal, and The Perfect Weapon. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting about Russia's effort to manipulate the presidential election. A contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Sanger's new book, New Cold Wars: China's Rise, Russia's Invasion, and America's Struggle to Defend the West, is out now.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Chasing Hope: A Reporter's Life By Nicholas D. Kristof Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593536568
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2024