Former New York Times reporter pleads guilty to Vancouver harassment

Joshua Kron had been a tenant in the house of Craig Ferris’ mother-in-law.

A former New York Times reporter Dec. 19 pleaded guilty to harassing a former president of the Law Society of B.C. and his mother-in-law. 

Joshua Kron was charged with harassment in incidents dating back to the spring of 2022, when he was said to have caused Craig Ferris of the Law Society of B.C., and his mother-in-law, Judith Hager, to fear for their safety. Kron was also charged for breaching a court condition that required him to stay away from their property.

Ferris earlier told Glacier Media Kron was a tenant at his mother-in-law’s house on Southwest Marine Drive but did not wish to elaborate.

“I do not wish to say anything else that may cause Mr. Kron to come back to the property,” said Ferris, who was the law society’s president in 2020.

What led to the incidents is expected to be heard by the court at sentencing.

Kron, who worked stints with The New York TimesThe Economist and at The United Nations, pleaded guilty to both charges before Vancouver Provincial Court Judge Kathryn Denhoff.

A court-ordered psychiatric assessment found Kron was fit to stand trial, court documents show. He returns to court March 8 to set a sentencing date.

Crown prosecutor Louise Gauld noted, “the psych people are really backed up.”

Kron’s parents were in court for early court appearances, having travelled from New York City. Father Leo Kron is a UBC-trained psychiatrist while mother Jill Kron is a therapist.

The elder Kron’s sister, Ruth Kron Sigal, was well-known for her volunteer work in Vancouver, much of it stemming from her being a hidden child survivor of the Holocaust. She was a founding member of the Vancouver Crisis Centre and co-founder of the Vancouver Hidden Children of the Holocaust.

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