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Nicholas Kristof: On Chasing Hope—A Reporter's Life

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Nicholas Kristof has worked almost nonstop for The New York Times as a reporter, foreign correspondent, bureau chief, and now columnist. Join us as he returns to Commonwealth Club World Affairs and recounts the event-filled path from a small-town farm in Oregon to every corner of the world.

Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author, has reported from Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, as well as India, Africa and Europe. In the process, he has witnessed and written about century-defining events such as 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.

Kristof will introduce us to some of the 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 even as he witnesses the worst of humanity.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: in-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

If you have symptoms of illness (coughing, fever, etc.), we ask that you either stay home or wear a mask. Our front desk has complimentary masks for members and guests who would like one.

Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California is a nonprofit public forum; we welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our programming.

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Bernard Osher Foundation

Photo by David Hume Kennerly.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Tue, May 21 / 12:00 PM PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life; X @NickKristof

Image - Dan Ashley

In Conversation with Dan Ashley

Anchor, ABC7 News; Member, Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California Board of Governors; X @DanAshleyABC7


11:30 a.m. doors open & check-in
12–1 p.m. program
1 p.m. book signing
(all times Pacific)


In-person (all in-person tickets include a book):
$40 members with a book
$50 nonmembers with a book
Free for Leadership Circle members and students (without a book)
Free for members
$10 nonmembers
$32 members with a book
$43 nonmembers with a book
Free for Leadership Circle members and students (without a book)