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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.