New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is one of the best-known journalists working today. For four decades, he's has been on the ground in dozens of countries, covering a dizzying array of stories and earning high marks for his work. In 1990, Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for their coverage of the rise and fall of China's pro-democracy movement. In 2006, Kristof won another Pulitzer — this time for commentary, for his columns on genocidal violence in Darfur.

In a brand-new memoir, “Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life,” Kristof offers an in-depth chronicle of his journalistic career, which began in earnest when he was still a high schooler living in Yamhill, Oregon — a town whose subsequent deterioration has been experienced by countless other communities across the country. Kristof also explores the tension between the traditional journalistic norms of objectivity and detachment and the powerful sense of moral purpose that he and many other journalists bring to their work.

And he sizes up his ill-fated run for governor of Oregon, which ended in 2022 when he was deemed ineligible under the state's residency requirements. Among other things, the experience led Kristof to draw some provocative conclusions about the limitations of present-day progressivism.

In this episode of Talking Politics, Kristof discusses these and other topics — including the challenge that covering Donald Trump still poses for the press — with host Adam Reilly.

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