Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker has pulled off a rare double, winning the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing after having earlier won the National Magazine Award in the same category. Her story on a likely and monumental earthquake, “The Really Big One” bested work by two much-decorated journalists, Eli Saslow and N.R. Kleinfield. Saslow, of The Washington Post, won the 2014 Pulitzer in feature writing. This year he was nominated for a series of stories about life under conditions of duress. Storyboard has featured a number of Saslow pieces, including his 2012 Pulitzer finalist on a swimming pool salesman. The New York Times’ N.R. “Sonny” Kleinfield’s piece “The Lonely Death of George Bell” was called a “layered and riveting account of the last days of a Queens man, part detective story, part eulogy and part exploration of a city’s bureaucracy of death” by the Pulitzer jury.
Two other Pulitzer winners were featured prominently on Storyboard recently. ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project talked with us about collaborating on “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” which won for Explanatory Reporting. And we annotated “The Life and times of Strider Wolf” with Sarah Schweitzer. The photographer for that story, Jessica Rinaldi, won in Feature Photography for her photos accompanying that story (she was also a finalist for her work on another story).
And a sneak preview: Later this week, we’ll feature Farah Stockman, who won this year’s Pulitzer for Commentary.
The complete list of Pulitzer winners and finalists is here, including the Non-fiction prize for Joby Warrick’s “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.” Happy reading, and congratulations to all the winners and finalists for their exceptional achievements.