Portrait of Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo, a staff writer for the New Yorker, has spent the last 20 years reporting from within poor communities, considering how societies distribute opportunity and how individuals get out of poverty.

Her reporting has been honored by a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant, a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, and the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Boo learned to report at the Washington City Paper. She was also an editor of the Washington Monthly and, for nearly a decade, a reporter and editor at the Washington Post. Behind the Beautiful Forevers is her first book.