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.

Pulitzer Prize for Pubic Service. 2000

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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Random House (pdf) teacher's guide: 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers'

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers



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.