Katherine Boo

Haniel Fellow - Class of Spring 2007

Staff Writer, The New Yorker Magazine

American Academy Project: Borderland
Current Institution Affiliation: The New Yorker
Current Location: New York


Katherine Boo, a staff writer for the New Yorker, focuses on issues of poverty, education, and the distribution of opportunity. Previously, she was an investigative reporter and editor at the Washington Post, and a writer and editor at the Washington Monthly and Washington City Paper. Her reporting from within poor communities has received a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a MacArthur "genius" grant, and a National Magazine Award; her book about families in a Mumbai slum, entitled Behind the Beautiful Forevers, appeared in February 2012 to overwhelming accolades. Behind the Beautiful Forevers won the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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