The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Feature Writing

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For a distinguished example of feature writing, giving prime consideration to quality of writing, originality and concision, using any available journalistic tool, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to John Branch of The New York Times for his evocative narrative about skiers killed in an avalanche and the science that explains such disasters, a project enhanced by its deft integration of multimedia elements.


Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2013 Feature Writing prize to John Branch of The New York Times.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Kelley Benham of the Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., for her searing personal account of the survival of her premature baby, born barely viable at 1 pound, 4 ounces, and her exploration of the costs and ethics of extreme medical intervention; and Eli Saslow of The Washington Post for his moving portrait of a struggling swimming pool salesman that illustrates the daily emotional toll of the nation’s economic downturn.