Alumnus covers breaking news in Ukraine

New York Times reporter Andrew Kramer (Cowell ’94, history)

UC Santa Cruz alumnus Andrew Kramer, a reporter for the New York Times has been on the ground in Ukraine delivering breaking news from Ukraine since Russia’s invasion at the end of February. The stories he tells, either through articles, photographs, or videos, shed further light on the atrocities committed against Ukraine and highlight the determination of its people.

From live coverage of events on the ground to reporting the aftermath of the destruction of Ukrainian cities, Kramer’s stories document the war and keep the world informed. One of Kramer’s more recent articles, published on April 27, emphasizes the grit and courage of residents in Demydiv—a village north of Kyiv. Ukrainian troops opened a nearby dam in Demyiv, flooding the homes and streets of citizens to keep Russian troops at bay. 

“The residents of Demydiv paid the price in the rivers of dank green floodwater that engulfed many of their homes. And they couldn’t be more pleased,” Kramer’s New York Times article reads. “‘Everybody understands and nobody regrets it for a moment,’ said Antonina Kostuchenko, a retiree, whose living room is now a musty space with waterlines a foot or so up the walls. ‘We saved Kyiv!’ she said with pride.”

His other articles cover press conferences with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the U.S. response to the war, stories of refugees, and more. 

Kramer has worked for the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle and shares a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting on Russian power with New York Times colleagues. Beforehand, Kramer was part of a team at the Associated Press that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize on international reporting in 1999. 

Kramer graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in history in 1994, and a master’s in history from Oxford University.