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The Atlantic’s Jennifer Senior Wins 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing

That Atlantic Staff writer Jennifer Senior has won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. For her remarkable September 2021 cover story, What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind, about the heartbreaking loss of a family in the attacks of 9/11 The Atlantic‘s second Pulitzer Prize, following Ed Yong’s 2021 Pulitzer for his coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pulitzer Board cited Senior’s “an unabashed portrait of a family’s coming to terms with losses in the 20 years since 9/11 that has masterfully intertwined the author’s personal connection to history with sensitive reporting that reveals the long reach of the grief.”

“What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind” told the story of a charming, ambitious young man named Bobby McIlvaine who attended a conference at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Like thousands of other Americans that day, he never came home. On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Senior chronicled the aftermath of her friend Bobby’s death and wrote that she has spent the years since watching “everyone within the blast radius of that horrific event trying to make sense of it.” . Her story of love and grief explored a family’s struggle to get ahead. Through interviews with Bobby’s parents, brother, then-girlfriend, and friends, Senior described how his family and friends went from praying together that Bobby was okay to coping with the traumatic loss in different ways. Their grief pulled them apart and created unresolved tensions about what really happened in the weeks and months after 9/11.

The Pulitzer Prize follows Senior’s win in the Feature Writing category at the 2022 National Magazine Awards, the annual honor of the American Society of Magazine Editors. The Atlantic also received the top honor of General Excellence for a publication in news, sports and entertainment at the 2022 National Magazine Awards.

The Pulitzers continued to recognize the extraordinary work The Atlantic; Staff writer Sophie Gilbert was named a finalist in the Criticism category; freelance writer Julian Aguon’s article “To Hell With Drowning” is a Finalist in Commentary; and Zeynep Tufekci’s work for The Atlantic and The New York Times also made her a finalist in Commentary.

“This is a wonderful moment for the authors who have earned this well-deserved recognition,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic. “Jennifer’s story, her first for The Atlantic, is one of the most refined pieces of magazine journalism we have ever encountered, a marvel of narrative told with unmatched skill, sensitivity and eloquence. Scott Stossel, her brilliant editor, has previously noted the symphonic quality of this story and Jennifer’s mastery of reporting, writing and structuring. Scott, of course, deserves credit for so much of our best work, including Jennifer’s play.”

Senior joined The Atlantic as a staff writer in 2021. Before that, she was a columnist for the New York Times op ed page. Before joining Opinion, Senior was one of the Times‘s Three Daily Book Critics. She spent almost 20 years as a staff writer for new York Magazine, writes profiles and cover stories on politics, social sciences and mental health. Senior is also the author of the hugely popular book All joy and no fun: The paradox of modern parenting.

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Jessica MacLeish

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