New Yorker reporter of justice topics wins Pulitzer

Sarah Stillman has been awarded the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for The New Yorker article “Sentenced to Life for an Accident Miles Away,” which sheds light on a “draconian legal doctrine called felony murder has put thousands of Americans—disproportionately young and Black—in prison.” The article follows the case of Sadik Baxter, who is currently serving a life sentence without parole for a killing he did not commit.

Her most recent article on prison issues, “Do Children Have a “Right to Hug” Their Parents?” was published in the May 20, 2024 issue of the magazine.

Sarah Stillman is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She teaches investigative reporting at Yale and created the Global Migration Project at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


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