Eli Saslow

Washington, D.C.

Reporter on the National desk

Education: Syracuse University, 2004

Eli Saslow is an author and a staff writer for The Washington Post, where he travels the country to write in-depth stories about the impact of major national issues on individual lives. He won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for a series of stories about the rise of food stamps and hunger in the United States. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Both of his books were published by DoubleDay: Rising out of Hatred, forthcoming in Sept. of 2018; and Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President, in 2012. An occasional co
Latest from Eli Saslow

Fixing the broken lovelies

A psychiatric nurse who deals with the homeless, the sickest and the most vulnerable people in post-pandemic Seattle reckons with the high cost of compassion.

November 20, 2022

An American education

Amid a historic U.S. teacher shortage, a ‘Most Outstanding Teacher’ from the Philippines tries to help save a struggling school in rural Arizona.

October 2, 2022

The case of a lifetime

For a Buffalo lawyer, the investigation of one mass shooting leads him back to another.

August 7, 2022

Anger and heartbreak on Bus No. 15

As American cities struggle to recover from the pandemic, Denver's problems spill over onto its buses.

June 6, 2022

The nuclear missile next door

What it’s like to live with a bomb stronger than 20 Hiroshimas in a time of rising worldwide tensions.

April 17, 2022

The death spiral of an American family

After generations of stability, a family reckons with death, debts and a desperate fall from the American middle class.

March 20, 2022

The moral calculations of a billionaire

After the best year in history to be among the super-rich, one of America’s 745 billionaires wonders: “What’s enough? What’s the answer?”

January 30, 2022

The return of the 10-minute eviction

Lennie McCloskey has removed more than 20,000 tenants from their homes with eviction orders over the past 20 years. In the post-pandemic return to normal, his work has become more relentless and unpredictable.

December 15, 2021

The vaccine countdown

In Washington state, a mandate for Covid-19 vaccinations leaves a hospital staff deeply divided over whether to comply.

November 6, 2021

The new real estate normal

In the fracturing American economy, any property can inspire a bidding war — and shut some people out.

July 20, 2021