Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; author; New York Times staff writer

Rising out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist


Eli Saslow has twice won the Pulitzer Prize.  In 2014 the award was for Explanatory Reporting for a year-long series for The Washington Post about America’s food stamp program.  The series was later collected into the book American Hunger.  In 2023 the award was for Feature Writing for his coverage of people struggling with the pandemic, homelessness, addiction and inequality.  His 2016 piece “How’s Amanda?” profiled a mother trying to support her adult daughter’s recovery from opioid addiction.  The story was adapted as the script, co-written by Saslow, for the Academy Award-nominated film Four Good Days, starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis.

 The 2021 book Voices from the Pandemic was based on more than 200 oral histories Saslow prepared for the Washington Post. These real-time histories, from a highly diverse cross-section of Americans, were the basis for the book Voices from the Pandemic.  In 2020 the George Polk Awards in Journalism created a new category, oral history, to honor Saslow’s Washington Post series.

Saslow began his career as a sportswriter.  In February 2023 he joined the staff of the New York Times.  He lives in Portland, Oregon.