Katherine Boo is an investigative reporter. As a journalist, she has focused on matters associated with poverty and opportunity. Her writing has attracted many awards.
The MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Fellows program rewards talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. Katherine Boo was a winner for her jounalism in 2002.
The citation states the 2000 prize was awarded to The Washington Post , notably for the work of Katherine Boo, that disclosed wretched neglect and abuse in the city’s group homes for the mentally retarded, which forced officials to acknowledge the conditions and begin reforms.
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For three years Katherine Boo immersed herself in the lives of the slum dwellers who scrabble an existence at the edge of the Mumbai International Airport. She excels in telling the story of the individuals who are the face of one of the world's great, unequal cities. The New York Times says it is a book where 'truth surpasses fiction'.
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- From ABC Classic FM: Margaret Throsby interviews Katherine Boo.
- With Jessy Calkin from The Telegraph 1st June 2012 - Katherine Boo interview
This is the article for the Washington Post on the neglect and abuse experienced by the mentally ill in the city's group homes that won the Pulitzer Prize.
- Invisible lives. Forest Haven is gone, but the agony remains. March 14, 1999.
- Boo first wrote about the Mumbai slum for an article that appeared on 23rd February 2009 for The New Yorker. 'Opening night: the scene from the airport slums'
- Boo has been contributing articles to the New Yorker since 2001 and has been a staff writer since 2003. She writes about poverty, opportunity, social and economic policy, and education. The articles can be read or downloaded from The New Yorker