Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof

Oregon farmboy turned NY Times columnist, author with my wife, @WuDunn, of Half the Sky

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If it were a country, North Dakota would rank No. 1 internationally in Covid-19 per capita mortality.

My investigation into Trump's mishandling of the virus: "So in what is arguably the richest country in history, political malpractice has resulted in a pandemic of infectious disease followed by pandemics of poverty, mental illness, addiction and hunger.”

@SamanthaJPower  argues that Facebook should do two more things to reduce misinformation: 1. Send correction notices to those misinformed; 2. Reduce the reach of those who serially misinform the public. I agree, especially on the second.

Evidence is growing that school openings, especially of elementary schools, are safer than many had believed: Meanwhile, evidence is growing that the toll of school closures on disadvantaged kids is enormous, including a rise in drop-outs.

Another troubling sign: Covid test positivity has risen. And the trend is always that new cases rise first, then hospitalizations, and finally deaths. So the new daily record for cases suggest that Covid deaths will continue to rise for the next few weeks at least.

@NYTimesCohen  laments the "shrinking of the American mind," reflected by presidential debates that barely mentioned anything outside the US. Sadly, he's right.

The TV documentary of our latest book, "Tightrope," will air Monday evening on @worldchannelPTV  and most PBS stations at 7pm, or online streaming. It explores how America took a wrong turn over the last half century, and what we can do get on a better path

Remember Darfur? From the ashes of the genocide, a truly inspiring story of lifting hearts and futures through soccer:


When all 57 Buffalo police officers on the emergency response team resign because two were suspended for knocking down a 75-year-old man and sending him to the hospital, this seems like an opportunity to find 57 new police officers who don't approve of assaulting senior citizens.

This is a police force begging to be defunded.

A hospital in Seattle area has sent out a note to staff, shared with me, suspending elective surgery and warning that "our local COVID-19 trajectory is likely to be similar to that of Northern Italy." The hospital is down to a four-day supply of gloves.

Reminds me of a press conference I attended -- in North Korea.

Ventilators may soon be worth their weight in gold, and other countries are frantically placing orders. But a US company that makes ventilators says it could increase production five fold -- but the US hasn't placed an order:

Did women leaders handle Covid-19 better than male leaders? I crunched data & found that the death rate in female-led nations was 1/5 that of male-led nations. If the US had the death rate of female-led countries, the US would have saved 102,000 lives.

While a single mom in the US gets $1,200 in Covid relief, the GOP plan provides that a millionaire real estate developer gets an average of $1.6 million -- and Trump and Kushner will probably be beneficiaries. My column on more socialism for the rich.

And if we stopped issuing death certificates, Americans would live forever.