Awards & Winners

Katherine Boo

Date of Birth 12-August-1964
Place of Birth Washington, D.C.
(United States of America, United States, with Territories, Contiguous United States, Area code 202)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Kate J. Boo, Kate Boo, Katherine J. Boo
Profession Journalist, Author
Katherine J. Boo is an American investigative journalist who has documented the lives of people in poverty. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the MacArthur "genius" award, and the National Book Award for Nonfiction. She has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 2003. Her book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, won nonfiction prizes from PEN, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in addition to the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Boo grew up in and around Washington, D.C. and graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University. Boo is married to Sunil Khilnani, a professor of politics and the director of the India Institute at King's College London.

Awards by Katherine Boo

Check all the awards nominated and won by Katherine Boo.


Nominations 2013 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction Behind the Beautiful Forevers


National Book Award for Nonfiction
Honored for : Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Nominations 2012 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Guardian First Book Award Behind the Beautiful Forevers
National Book Award for Nonfiction Behind the Beautiful Forevers


Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
Honored for : The Washington Post
(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.)