Eli Saslow '04 wins Pulitzer Prize for Washington Post series on food stamps

April 14, 2014
Eli Saslow '04 has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

Eli Saslow, a 2004 graduate of the Newhouse School, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for his year-long series about food stamps for The Washington Post. Saslow won in the explanatory reporting category: "Awarded to Eli Saslow of The Washington Post for his unsettling and nuanced reporting on the prevalence of food stamps in post-recession America, forcing readers to grapple with issues of poverty and dependency." The award comes with a $10,000 prize. 

The Washington Post has published a video of Saslow talking about the people he worked with on the story and how the project came together.

Saslow previously won the prestigious George Polk Award for National Reporting and an ASNE award for the six-part series. He spoke with the Newhouse School last month about his work and the awards. Saslow, who was a newspaper major at Newhouse and worked extensively at The Daily Orange while a student, said the series took about a year to report and then was published over about 12 months in 2013.

Saslow was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2013 and garnered wide praise for a wrenching story about a family who lost their young son in the Newtown shootings.

Saslow and his wife Rachel, a freelance writer and a Newhouse and DO alumna, live in Maryland outside Washington, D.C., with their two young daughters, Sienna and Chloe.