Bernard Krisher (born 1931) was born in Frankfurt and left Germany in 1937 at the age of six, settling in New York with his parents before the start of World War II. editor of his own magazine at age 12, Krisher edited his high school and Queens College newspapers and worked for the New York Herald Tribune and the New York World-Telegram & Sun. He spent a year doing Japanese area and language studies at Columbia University in 1961 and 1962 as a Ford Foundation Advanced International Reporting Fellow. He joined Newsweek 's Tokyo bureau, and became bureau chief until 1980. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 1993, Krisher founded and became chairman of American Assistance for Cambodia, a non-profit organization aimed at giving hope to the Cambodian people following the extermination of 2 million Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Over the past fifteen years, Krisher launched the charity Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE which treats the poor for free, has built 433 schools with matching funds from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank and publishes the Cambodia Daily, a non-profit newspaper dedicated to setting up a sound foundation for a free press and training journalists. In 2008, Krisher also founded the Burma Daily (www.burmadaily.org) which aims to replicate the ideals of the Cambodia Daily.
- Time Asia Heroes article
- Cambodia Schools website
- Map locations of each rural school
- List of News organizations coverage of the Cambodia Schools Project
- Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE
- Village Leap
- Bright Future Kids Home
- Girls Be Ambitious
- Burma Daily newspaper
- Cambodia Daily newspaper
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