Pulitzer-Winning Reporter Eli Zaslow Leaves Washington Post for New York Times

From The New York Times:

A bus driver in Denver desperately trying to drive her route as her city declines around her.

A psychiatric nurse so overwhelmed by her caseload that she herself ends up in need of care.

A billionaire who stays up late at night wondering about the moral cost of his fortune.

These are just a few of the people whom Eli Saslow profiled this year in beautifully written, closely observed feature stories that ran in The Washington Post.

Eli Saslow is simply one of the best writers in American journalism. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that he will be joining The Times as a writer at large.

Eli takes on some of the biggest and most sensitive issues in American life — gun violence, poverty, immigration, the opioid epidemic — and helps readers understand how the most vulnerable people are affected. He writes nuanced narrative stories that convey a deep sense of empathy for his subjects, burrowing inside their lives without ever passing judgment, and providing a sense of intimacy that’s extraordinarily rare in daily journalism. Over the years, his every byline has become a stop-what-you’re-doing-and-read-this-now event.

“Eli has mastered the craft of telling idea-driven stories revealed through lived experiences,” said Joe Kahn. “His work will delight our readers and stand out in our report.”

Eli has won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting, and been a finalist for feature writing three times.

At The Times, Eli will continue to write his signature narrative stories chronicling people across the country whose lives intersect with national themes. Claire Gutierrez, who edits our Great Reads, will be his editor. Claire and Eli will coordinate closely with a number of desks, including National and the magazine most regularly.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Eli was hired by The Washington Post in 2004 as a high school sports reporter for a weekly insert. He has written three books and a movie. His work has won two George Polk Awards, A PEN Literary Award and other honors.

Eli begins in February.

–From Sam Dolnick and Claire Gutierrez

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