Bernard Krisher: American journalist who founded Cambodia’s first English-language daily

His paper became the standard-bearer for the country’s post-war aspirations.

Journalist, publisher and humanitarian Bernard Krisher was the a German-born American whose accolades include starting the first daily English language newspaper in Cambodia. Based in Japan for much of his life, it is for his contribution to journalism and philanthropy in Cambodia that he was best known.

Described by some former colleagues as tenacious and by others as pushy and irascible, Krisher was, by his own admission, an aggressive New Yorker who used the force of his personality to improve the lives of many, while simultaneously holding the feet of powerful figures to the fire.

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