Congratulations to this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners, whose names were announced on Monday. In honor of the new recipients and finalists, we’d like to highlight a few of our past interviews and overviews with connections to nominated stories.
Gene Weingarten won the prize in feature writing for a Washington Post piece about the guilt and grief of parents who inadvertently killed their children by leaving them in cars. It’s a powerful story, but if you want to read slightly less harrowing fare, you can see our take on a different Weingarten story from 2006, “Peekaboo Paradox,” which may now be the only piece for which Weingarten did not win a Pulitzer.
We also did an interview with Tom Shroder, who edited both of Weingarten’s Pulitzer winners. He talked with us about working with Weingarten and the future of narrative journalism (and recently also wrote his own post on the surprising backstory for this year’s prize winner).
T.J. Stiles won both the National Book Award and this year’s Pulitzer for biography for First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. In this interview from last year, Star Tribune books editor Laurie Hertzel interviews him about his approach to research and the mechanics of a readable story.
Dan Barry was named a finalist in feature writing for a “portfolio of closely observed pieces that movingly capture how the great recession is changing lives and relationships in America.” Read our treatment of his “This Land” series for The New York Times, and our interview with him about story structure and the dangers of sentimentality.
Local reporting Pulitzer finalists Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore talked with us last fall about their St. Petersburg Times project uncovering a century of abuse at the Florida School for Boys. We also heard from Montgomery last fall about his writing and Gangrey.com, the site he founded years ago to highlight great narrative reporting.
These are just a few links to note finalists or winners whose narrative work we’ve highlighted in the past. But don’t let us stop you from checking out some of the other impressive pieces that won or almost did.