Bernard Krisher, 84, is a former Newsweek correspondent and bureau chief in Japan. Born in Germany, he studied in the United States after surviving of the Nazi Holocaust and first visited Cambodia in 1958. In the 1980’s, Krisher became the Tokyo correspondent for Fortune Magazine and created FOCUS magazine under a larger Japanese publishing company.
Krisher came to Cambodia in 1991 and launched the Cambodia Daily in 1993. He remains his owner and publisher until today. At the same time, he set up World Assistance for Cambodia and the Japan Relief Fund for Cambodia, two independent NGOs dedicated to providing opportunities for the youth and rural poor in the country.