On Tuesday, he formed a political action committee with the state – “Nick for Oregon” – allowing him to begin fundraising and hire staff. POLITICO reported last month that a small team of Kristof advisers led by veteran political consultant Carol Butler was investigating top Democrats about the staffing of a possible campaign.
Kristof has also sought legal advice from powerful Democratic law firm Perkins Coie, which says he meets the residency requirements to run for governor.
At The Times, Kristof was known for his crusading columns on war, repression, and human rights around the world. In 1990, he won the Pulitzer Prize for covering the democratic movement in Tiananmen Square in China with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then a reporter for The Times. They were the first married couple to win such an honor.
Sixteen years later, Kristof won the Pulitzer for his comments for high profile articles on the genocide in Darfur. Since 2006, he has been organizing a competition where the winners joined him on a reporting trip to a country or region facing development challenges.
Kristof has written about his home state and the city of Portland before, including an April column in which he examined ways in which the government could help improve the “filthy but still lovely” city, as he said. said. In it, he congratulated President Joe Biden and others who he said were focused on tangible and concrete improvements.
“Grand gestures for justice are good, but they cannot substitute for quiet skill in keeping people safe, housing people or picking up trash,” Kristof wrote.