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Monday, April 16, 2012

Eli Sanders Just Won a Pulitzer Prize for a Feature Last Year in The Stranger

Posted by on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

At least he did according to the Pulitzer Prize's website. They didn't call in advance.

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Here's their description of Eli's piece.

And here, just in case you haven't read it yet, is Eli's feature "The Bravest Woman in Seattle."

Here's a follow-up piece by the subject of the story, Jennifer Hopper.

 

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Hope this is true. Congratulations Eli!!!
Posted by RedEye on April 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
3
Holy fuck. So proud of you, Eli.
Posted by gloomy gus on April 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
sikandro 4
Excellent. Great work, Eli.
Posted by sikandro on April 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Graham 5
OUR LITTLE CUB-REPORTER IS ALL GROWNS UP!! CONGRATS, ELI!
Posted by Graham on April 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Sweeney Agonistes 6
Very, very deserved. Congratulations, Eli.
Posted by Sweeney Agonistes on April 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
7
That was a really moving and well-written piece -- you earned it, sir. Congratulations!
Posted by Meg on April 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Report this
jseattle 8
Congratulations. I think most awards stink until somebody wins for something like this. Good work!
Posted by jseattle http://capitolhillseattle.com on April 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Report this
srslywut 9
SO INCREDIBLE! Congratulations Eli!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by srslywut on April 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Report this
10
Eli, your piece was amazing. Truly deserved. Congratulations.
Posted by zee on April 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Report this
nseattlite 11
Whoa, nice!
Posted by nseattlite on April 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
wisepunk 12
This is turning out to be a great day. Congrats Eli, you do brilliant work!
Posted by wisepunk on April 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
13
You should add a link to the original piece it was heartbreaking, moving and inspirational
Posted by Candian Night Owl on April 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
kid icarus 14
And he totally deserves it. His coverage and that piece were superlative.
Posted by kid icarus http://absintheandoranges.com/ on April 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
Collin 15
Goddamnit. I'm away from the computer for the morning, and The Stranger turns into a respectable news outlet? What is the world coming to? (Congrats, Eli)
Posted by Collin on April 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM · Report this
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Very cool! Congrats!
Posted by Prospero on April 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
Allyn 17
Well-deserved and wonderful. Congratulations, Eli.

When’s the party?
Posted by Allyn on April 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
CC-Rob 18
Congrats! (Note to the Stranger - He's going to want more money now....)
Posted by CC-Rob on April 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 19
Sweet. Congratulations Eli! That really was a remarkable feature.
Posted by Matt from Denver on April 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
Karla Canadian 20
Congratulations!
Posted by Karla Canadian on April 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
Griffin 21
Congrats, sir.
Posted by Griffin on April 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 22
I always said Eli was the only guy on staff who could find his ass with both hands. I guess I was right.

Congrats, Eli. Now about that raise. . . .
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM · Report this
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Congratulations Eli! The piece was amazingly moving, I remember crying as I read it.
Posted by Zog in PDX on April 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
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Congrats!
Posted by TechBear on April 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Merlin D. Bear 25
Congratulations Eli! Amazing work and well deserved. Thank you for your work.
Posted by Merlin D. Bear on April 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
27
I just read this on the NY Times site. Way to go, Eli!
Posted by icapants on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 28
i think some of us may have even predicted this. i, for one, hoped for it. eli..can i touch it ?.. the pulitzer i mean
;~)
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM · Report this
care bear 29
How exciting! Congratulations.

But really, aren't we a big enough city that everyone knows what state we're in?
Posted by care bear on April 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this
30
Very cool and very well-deserved, Eli. Congratulations!
Posted by Cow on April 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM · Report this
31
Why would Eli need a raise? In addition to the way-cool medal, the Pulitzer carries a hefty cash value.

From the link to the announcement (emphasis added):

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).

Congratulations, Eli!
Posted by N in Seattle http://peacetreefarm.org on April 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM · Report this
Lissa 32
Holy crap! Way to go Eli! Now every time there is an editorial disagreement you can ask "Any body else at this rag have a Pulitzer?" as your trump card.
Seriously- so proud of you.
Posted by Lissa on April 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
monkey 33
Congrats on the pull-it surprise!
Posted by monkey on April 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Superfrankenstein 34
Congratulations!
Posted by Superfrankenstein http://twitter.com/TomPeyer on April 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
35
I gotta say, this is mightily deserved. Eli has always stood out as a real professional in this town.

It always pleases me when he's on the KUOW Friday roundup thing and is clearly and informed an intelligent news voice, which I'm sure surprises a lot of people who expect nothing but sex and F-bombs from a Stranger reporter.
Posted by lopes on April 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 36
Congratulations, Eli. Because I don't want to cry at work, I will not re-read the piece, but well done.

Now, when do they announce the Pulitzer for blog commenting?
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on April 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
37
Congratulations to the only real journalist at the Stranger.
Posted by bigyaz on April 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
38
Completely deserved. That piece was amazing.
Posted by sage-femme on April 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM · Report this
39
I cried so hard reading this piece that i had to leave my job and walk around the block. the writing was beautiful and heart wrenching and somehow not histrionic despite the nature of the story. nice work dude!
Posted by ameliamaris on April 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 40
Holy shit, congratulations.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://twitter.com/joeszi on April 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Georgia Guy 41
Whoa! Look at you guys, getting all respectable-like. Congrats, Eli. That's one heck of a resume builder.
Posted by Georgia Guy on April 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this
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Congrats Eli, well deserved! I remember reading that piece, sobbing like a baby, and then thinking, Eli's going to get a Pulitzer for this. Well done.
Posted by elaineinballard on April 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Fnarf 43
Wow. That's fantastic news, Eli, and you absolutely deserve it.

The only downside I can see is that (a) Eli's going to get hired away by somebody bigger and (b) The Stranger is going to change its name to The Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Stranger and we'll never hear the end of it!

Seriously, Eli, that's just brilliant news.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on April 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
GlamB0t 44
What everyone else said. Many congratulations, Eli. That piece is outstanding.
Posted by GlamB0t on April 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 45
That was indeed an amazing piece. Well deserved. Congratulations!
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on April 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 46
A big congrats to Eli of course, but also a salute to Jennifer.

Jennifer, if you're reading this - I still think of you and Teresa, and I wish you peace and happiness.
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on April 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 47
Grats, dude!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on April 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
48
Wow. Even the Weekly acknowledges it.

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweek…

Posted by menace2society on April 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
49
Wow, my heart swells with pride and I don't even know Eli! That piece (and related blogging during the trial) were absolutely superb. This is well-deserved.
Posted by Christy O on April 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this
50
Wow, congratulations.
Posted by beef rallard on April 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this
rodolfo 51
Color me pickled tink! Congratulations, Eli!!!
Posted by rodolfo on April 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
52
Seattle's Only Newspaper That Matters.

Congratulations!
Posted by Warren Terra on April 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
53
Well-deserved. Congratulations!

I guess this means we'll lose Eli to a more serious outlet. Kinda makes me wish the award had gone to Mudede instead.
Posted by also on April 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
Geni 54
Very well deserved (and hey, I called it - I said it deserved a Pulitzer when I read the first story). Congratulations, Eli, and I am not a bit surprised. Well done!
Posted by Geni on April 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
DOUG. 55
Wow! Congratulations!
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on April 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
56
Wonderful! Congratulations, Eli!
Posted by Gillian Anderson on April 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
57
Wow is right! Congrats!
Posted by Jamie in Pittsburgh http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/strawberry.limonade?ref=name on April 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM · Report this
johnyawl 58
Congratulations, Eli! Very, very well deserved!
Posted by johnyawl on April 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM · Report this
darthvegan 59
Bravo, Eli. Outstanding work!
Posted by darthvegan on April 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
Lilliable 60
What, do you think that Ed McMahon used to call ahead to say that he and the giant check were coming?
Posted by Lilliable on April 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Report this
61
Congrats Eli! Amazing work
Posted by stuck in boston http://www.nothing.com on April 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
COMTE 62
Suck it, Bailo, and congrats, Eli!
Posted by COMTE on April 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
63
This actually doesn't come as a surprise to me. The article was outstanding and very worthy of a Pulitzer. The subject matter alone was gripping, but Eli gave the unheard a voice in a way that compelled readers to sympathize and get fired up all at the same time.

Congrats, Eli! You deserve it!
Posted by chew_on_that on April 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM · Report this
kim in portland 64
Congratulations, Eli.
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on April 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM · Report this
65
It was a fantastic piece. Glad to see you get the recognition for it you deserve!
Posted by MLM on April 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM · Report this
CodyBolt 66
that was such a good read! congratz eli!
Posted by CodyBolt on April 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM · Report this
David Schmader 67
I'll scream in Eli's face as soon as I see him, but just wanted to get in the celebration/congratulation here. That piece was amazing, and fucking hard to read, so I can only imagine what writing it was like. What an amazing and well-deserved honor for Eli.
Posted by David Schmader on April 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM · Report this
68
BRILLIANT. Congrats to Eli. You created a beautiful and heartbreaking piece. We are so proud that you write in our town.
Posted by go bulldogs on April 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
Hyzenthlayk9 69
That is great news! Congrats Eli, your reporting was sensitive and stellar. We're all proud of you (even those of us who have only met you in passing).
Posted by Hyzenthlayk9 http://oystermind.blogspot.com/ on April 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
70
A huge congratulations, Eli!
Posted by M. Wells on April 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
71
This story floored me when you wrote it, and it truly deserves recognition. Congratulations!
Posted by mitten on April 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
72
My first thought was "who hacked the computers at the Pulitzers". But when I saw what story it was, and the tears came back again just remembering, I knew it must be true. It was a really good piece. Congratulations Mr. Sanders, here on out to be referred to as "Pulitzer prize winning journalist and editor, Mr. Eli Sanders."
Posted by dbgill56 on April 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM · Report this
73
Fantastic news. Congrats.
Posted by Ancient Sumerian on April 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 74
Yay! An outstanding article, and I'm glad to see Eli recognized for it.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on April 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Tracy 75
Fantastic, and so well deserved.
Posted by Tracy on April 16, 2012 at 1:03 PM · Report this
Georgia Guy 76
I said congrats earlier, but I just read the story. Holy god. It was a giant punch in the gut and an absolutely phenomenal piece of writing. That prize is deserved, sir.
Posted by Georgia Guy on April 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
77
This is so crazy, I was just listening to a podcast about how much people really like to hear appreciations for their work. I immediately decided I should come tell Eli how astounding and truly moving this piece of work was only to find he had just won a Pulitzer for his work. This could not be more deserved. Eli, this story was incredibly well told and I wish I could put into words how your work made me feel. I have never been more moved, impressed and completely unable to turn away from a piece of journalism.
Posted by rmc on April 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
78
HOLY SHIT!! As the Veep once said, "This is a big fucking deal!" Congratulations to Eli and The Stranger!! First Dominic's opinion piece in the NY Times and now this!??!??!? The Stranger's like a real paper or something :)
Posted by DannyG on April 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
rob! 79
There's a special pang in seeing well-deserved recognition for a story you wish to holy christ had never happened.

Thanks, Eli, for doing the job with a good heart and care for those involved.

More of Eli's writing including many pieces not in the Stranger: http://elisanders.net/__writing.html
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on April 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM · Report this
80
and... would like to add... THANK YOU and LOVE to Jennifer who bravely told her story.
Posted by go bulldogs on April 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM · Report this
82
That was a great article.
Posted by tiktok on April 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
Cook 83
congratulations! revisiting the piece now, i remember how great a feature it was. many thanks to all involved.
Posted by Cook on April 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
84
Well done, Eli. Take the rest of the afternoon off.
Posted by Toe Tag on April 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM · Report this
85
Eli is an actual journalist. One of the few left in this town. That piece in particular was amazing and heart breaking. Way to go, Eli.
Posted by tkc on April 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM · Report this
86
Congratulations Eli. That was a very memorable story.
Posted by Valentein on April 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
tabathalphabet 87
Holy cow, incredible. Congratulations, Eli!
Posted by tabathalphabet on April 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM · Report this
88
This piece and the whole series was the best piece of journalism every published in a Seattle paper. Your prize is very much deserved.
Posted by mukmom on April 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM · Report this
89
Couldn't have happened to a better journalist. Congrats!
Posted by Devin on April 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM · Report this
Hernandez 90
Way to go, man! That was a great piece and the prize is well-deserved...plus the $10,000! Drinks on you?
Posted by Hernandez http://hernandezlist.blogspot.com on April 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Zebes 91
Outstanding! Go Eli! You do your irreverent alt-weekly proud.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on April 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM · Report this
92
This piece and the whole series was the best story ever written in a Seattle newspaper. Your insight and compassion made the writing wonderful. This prize is much deserved.
Posted by mukmom on April 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM · Report this
93
I followed all of Eli's coverage of that case, and then read his piece which brought everything together and capped it off; I hadn't been moved that much by a story, ever. I cried for almost an hour, and was so teared up reading it that I had to take several breaks because my vision literally became to blurry to continue.

This is a well-deserved award. Congrats to the Stranger for having such a great writer/reporter on staff. Congrats to you, Eli, for writing such a moving piece.
Posted by Bored@School on April 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM · Report this
94
Wow. Congratulations!
Posted by PA Native on April 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
nicholaus 95
Eli, this story was one of the most emotionally draining pieces of journalism I've ever read. The only other example I can come up with also won a Pulitzer in 2008, Kevin Vaughan's Rocky Mountain News piece recounting a train collision in Colorado that killed 20 children on a school bus.

Both pieces will stay with me for years, and make me tear up when I think of them.

Congratulations, and I hope that you bask in this glory that you've earned!
Posted by nicholaus on April 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM · Report this
sloegin 96
Great news!
Posted by sloegin on April 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Eric Arrr 97
Congratulations, Mr. Sanders, on this richly deserved recognition.
Posted by Eric Arrr on April 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
98
What @79 said. That piece broke my heart, and showed the other rags what real writing looks like. Big congrats to Eli, and best wishes to the real heros of the story, Jennifer and Theresa. You will stay in my heart.
Posted by SeattleKim on April 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Soupytwist 99
YAY!!!!
Posted by Soupytwist http://twitter.com/katherinesmith on April 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
100
I wonderful acknowledgment of some really outstanding writing. Congrats Eli!
Posted by sisyphusgal on April 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
101
Hell yes to the nth degree! Congrats Eli!!

Posted by gnossos on April 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
102
care bear @29, I giggled at that too, the Pulitzer site specifying the Stranger is a "Seattle (Wash.)" paper, as if there's another Seattle people confuse us with. Plus, two lines above they mention the Seattle Times won yet another Pulitzer but don't seem worried people won't know where they publish. (BTW that was a great fucking story too, Berens and Armstrong really brought it with their investigation of how more than 2,000 deaths from methadone overdose could have been avoided, earning the Times its--can you believe it-- ninth Pulitzer.)
Posted by gloomy gus on April 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 103
Wow! The Stranger - the little rag that could - has itself a Pulitzer! Aw man, congrats Eli!
Posted by Bauhaus I on April 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this
Abby 104
Goddamn. Congrats, Eli.
Posted by Abby on April 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this
LogopolisMike 105
Yep, like #95 said, this is one of the best pieces I read last year, even though it was hard as hell to get through and not something I'd recommend to everyone. And like someone else said, awards are meaningless until the person you think deserves them wins. So this year, the Pulitzer gets it right!
Posted by LogopolisMike http://logopolis.typepad.com on April 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
106
But on a sour note, while the SeaTimes touts their own Pulitzer (well-deserved also) and one to the AP on NYPD spying there's no mention of the Stranger getting one on the front page of their website right now.

Posted by gnossos on April 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
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@106--

I actually saw the news of Eli's Pulitzer on the top of the Seattle Times site in a "Breaking News" thing. It touted theirs and his and even linked to the story, which surprised me.

It's gone now, but it was there for a good hour or so.
Posted by lopes on April 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM · Report this
Tiffany 108
Wow. Congratulations!
Posted by Tiffany http://www.facebook.com/tiffany98122 on April 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM · Report this
109
Eli's piece was great but Jennifer's response was about 1000 times more touching to me. I want to print it out and put it on my wall.
Posted by mellythepirate on April 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
balderdash 110
Well dang. Congratulations, Eli! Ain't that a kick in the head. But in a good way! Erm.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on April 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
aardvark 111
In fact, it takes The Stranger to report a local tragedy on such a first-person, human level. You wouldn't get this coverage from the ST or any other local news outlet. This is why Slog became relevant back during the Capitol Hill massacre. Ironically, these aren't just strangers who you write about, but they are one of us, our neighbors, people we see and care about every day. And this perspective is genuine. Great writing Eli.
Posted by aardvark on April 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
OuterCow 112
Gratz, Eli! Now refuse the award, giving your reason as you didn't want to further help whitewash the name of infamous yellow journalist Joseph Pulitzer, just to be funny.
Posted by OuterCow on April 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
113
Congratulations. What a wonderful way to start your week!
Posted by cbrodge on April 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
bgix 114
Congrats!
Posted by bgix on April 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM · Report this
115
Congratulations, Eli! I have long admired your work and considered you one of the best journalists I've ever read. Your coverage of this case was so incredibly insightful and compassionate and human. As a journalist, I have no idea how I would have approached that story and am awed by how you did. It has stayed with me months after reading it.

This is so well-deserved. You are truly amazing.
Posted by Compass Rose on April 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
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@106: The Times had it at the top of the front page for a couple of hours. And it mentions the Stranger prominently in its story about the prizes.

Whereas the Stranger has not seen fit to even mention the Times, which won its second Pulitzer in three years and ninth overall.
Posted by bigyaz on April 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM · Report this
117
Nothing like some truly good news to keep the trolls at bay, for a few minutes at least.

Congratulations Eli. You now have serious cred at salary negotiation time (you do negotiate salaries at The Stranger...don't you...?)
Posted by Citizen R on April 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
119
Well deserved. Congratulations!
Posted by Mike in Olympia on April 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
120
That piece was the first piece I read after relocating to Seattle a little over a year ago. It was/is quite an emotional and moving article. The recognition is well deserved. Congratulations to you, sir.
Posted by AletheiaGrey on April 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
Puty 121
HOLY FUCK. I actually started phoning friends and screaming at them in excitement. They all think I've lost it.

This has blown my mind. I am so, so happy for Eli and The Stranger!

WOOOOOOOOOO!
Posted by Puty on April 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM · Report this
122
(Insert additional three hundred comments of congratulation we happy readers would have left here during the last five hours of website down time on this, The Day Eli Won His First Pulitzer...)
Posted by gloomy gus on April 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM · Report this
Puty 123
(Of course, it would've been better if the terrible crime had never happened.)
Posted by Puty on April 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM · Report this
easternstar 124
Congratulations, Eli! So proud of you!
Posted by easternstar on April 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM · Report this
emma's bee 125
Late to the party b/c of the crash of '12, but Eli. What a tremendous achievement for a really spectacular piece of writing!

*deep bow of respect*
Posted by emma's bee on April 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM · Report this
bbilly 126
Congratulations, Eli! So happy for you.
Posted by bbilly on April 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM · Report this
128
Eli Sanders' story was riveting, heartbreaking, maddening and undeniably human. It's nice to see such a deserving article so honored.
Posted by jhops on April 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM · Report this
Kitts 129
Congratulations to Eli and The Stranger both!
Posted by Kitts on April 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM · Report this
Trent Moorman 130
Congratulations! Incredible piece. And story.
Posted by Trent Moorman on April 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM · Report this
131
I kept waiting for the site to be back up so I could say congratulations. I raise my glass. Cheers!!
Posted by Soo on April 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM · Report this
Amy Kate Horn 132
HOT DAMN, man! So awesome to see your writing recognized, Eli. It was an incredible, indelible piece. High five. And much love to the victims.
Posted by Amy Kate Horn on April 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM · Report this
133
Amazing Sir. Simply amazing. I hope that Jennifer and Theresa's story is read far and wide.
Posted by jnonymous on April 16, 2012 at 8:26 PM · Report this
bedipped 134
Congrats, Mr. Sanders, to you and the Stranger crew.
Posted by bedipped on April 16, 2012 at 8:40 PM · Report this
ballard dude 135
Damn, well done Eli!
Posted by ballard dude on April 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM · Report this
136
congrats Eli! also holy crap!
Posted by mwhybark on April 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM · Report this
137
Wow. Congratulations, Eli. I couldn't read your piece--too horrific. But I wept through Jennifer's piece and was honored to read it and proud of The Stranger. Thank you for your work on this story.
Posted by gracey on April 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM · Report this
138
As one of those out-of-towner types who reads Slog and the occasional Stranger column, I hadn't yet read this piece. I just finished it, and it's truly brilliant. Heart wrenching, informative (which sounds weird to say, but it's true), sympathetic, and utterly powerful. Truly well deserved, Eli! Congratulations!
Posted by TenrSinger on April 16, 2012 at 9:23 PM · Report this
starsandgarters 139
Congratulations, Eli, and thank you for this work.
Posted by starsandgarters on April 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM · Report this
140
That piece made me weep and rage and weep again. I hope some of the prize money goes to the woman and/or an appropriate cause.
Posted by wxPDX on April 16, 2012 at 9:27 PM · Report this
141
Eli, you're my favorite Stranger writer - your writing is always honest and smart and sometimes takes such courage. You deserve this so much, and I'm glad you were recognized. Congratulations!
Posted by Patti on April 16, 2012 at 9:29 PM · Report this
Helenka (also a Canuck) 142
It takes a remarkable writer for me to simply hear the name and know exactly who and why. I don't think I've ever associated any journalist's work this easily with a name until you wrote this series. Bravo for the recognition!
Posted by Helenka (also a Canuck) on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM · Report this
TVDinner 143
I wish you'd never had to write the story, Eli, but when the story needed writing you sure rose to the challenge. The dignity, respect, and profound sorrow you expressed in that piece reflects an unusual depth of character and empathy. I'm glad you're being honored for what is not only a masterful narrative but a profound expression of compassion.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on April 16, 2012 at 9:31 PM · Report this
smade 144
This is as fucking awesome as it can be in a world where stories like this need to be written.
Posted by smade on April 16, 2012 at 9:37 PM · Report this
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Congratulations to my favorite Seattle periodical and to Eli. I do remember the long, bloody piece. The Stranger has had some memorable features. The urban archipelago one, by Dan Savage, and the one about Gay City come to mind. I keep reading The Stranger, after all these years, because they have good writing, plus they don't take themselves so seriously to not be irreverent and silly. That's part of what the Weekly is missing. They think they're Seattle's New Yorker, and they're not.

Which reminds me: The locally owned Seattle Times won again, so let's give them their do.
Posted by floater on April 16, 2012 at 9:38 PM · Report this
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Congratulations, Eli. It's well-deserved.
Posted by David Wright on April 16, 2012 at 9:38 PM · Report this
Teslick 147
Congratulations! Well deserved, sir.
Posted by Teslick on April 16, 2012 at 9:48 PM · Report this
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Very, very much deserved, Eli.
Posted by sahara29 on April 16, 2012 at 9:49 PM · Report this
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Congratulations, Eli! Great to see excellence rewarded. Bask in the adulation and know - you earned it.
Posted by DawginExile on April 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM · Report this
biju 150
Congrads Eli - take that Birch Steen!
Posted by biju on April 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM · Report this
Rhett Oracle 151
Late to the party because of the Crash - huge kudos to you, Eli. I only have to think of your heart-rending account and the tears come. What a super way to get one 3-D Ben Franklin worth 100 of the other Ben Franklins.
Posted by Rhett Oracle on April 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM · Report this
blip 152
Wow. Congratulations!
Posted by blip on April 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM · Report this
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You already know, Eli. So, so happy.
Posted by kerri harrop http://generalbonkers.com on April 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM · Report this
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I'll never ever forget that feature and I'm heartened that it will be read by an even wider audience.

I agree w/ @lopes #35 - I absolutely love listening to Eli Sanders on KUOW's Friday show. His fresh and wicked smart insights have immeasurably helped my understanding of politics, our world, and human beings in general. He's the real deal and a huge talent.
Posted by cytwombly on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 155
Thanks for the great work, and congratulations.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arschbombe on April 17, 2012 at 1:12 AM · Report this
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a much deserved win. as a regular reader, i was so proud to see that you won, eli. congratulations.
Posted by jayme on April 17, 2012 at 4:21 AM · Report this
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Wow! Congratulations!

Of course I'm not going to read it again because just looking at the title made me cry. Congrats!
Posted by infrequentposter on April 17, 2012 at 5:04 AM · Report this
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Dominic and I were talking about this last night, actually, and f'n congratulations Eli, that was a hell of an article.
Posted by dagard on April 17, 2012 at 6:15 AM · Report this
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How nice to wake up and read through 150 or so accolades to Eli...very deserving, and I add mine!
Posted by abomb on April 17, 2012 at 6:35 AM · Report this
gr8lakesgrrl 160
This is terrific news, that article reduced me to tears, and I mean that as a compliment! Well done, Eli Sanders, congratulations!
Posted by gr8lakesgrrl on April 17, 2012 at 8:33 AM · Report this
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congratulations Eli!
Posted by scottleigh on April 17, 2012 at 8:39 AM · Report this
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Eli, this was the best feature writing I personally read all last year. I'm so glad the Pulitzer recognized you for doing such beautiful justice to Jennifer and Theresa's heart-wrenching experience. I was amazed and moved when Jennifer was then willing and capable of speaking afterwards directly to The Stranger's readership.

I live on the other side of the country and I read The Stranger every day. Thank you, Eli. You gave all of us a way to deepen our understanding of this tragedy while treating the victim and survivor with dignity and respect.
Posted by TB on April 17, 2012 at 9:57 AM · Report this
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Well deserved.
Posted by PEM on April 17, 2012 at 9:58 AM · Report this
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This was some damned fine writing and it still terrifies me and moves me to tears remembering it. Thank you for the article and congrats.
Posted by Lithera on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
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Congrats, Eli!
Posted by hereiswheremynamegoes on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Vince 166
Is it true? Are you punking us? If it's true than congratulations!
Posted by Vince on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
birdy num num 167
totally deserved! well done eli...i remember reading this when it was in print and thinking how exceptional (and heartbreaking) this artcile is. BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!
Posted by birdy num num on April 17, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Unregistered User 168
A) WOOP
B) I loved that piece.
Posted by Unregistered User on April 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
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I read the article for the first time yesterday, and I couldn't stop thinking about it all day. Eli, your feature really shows how powerful good writing can be and what writing can do. Congratulations to you and the Stranger.
Posted by Misty on April 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM · Report this
Jaymz 170
I just want to add to the comment count because this is very important. The time and effort and heart and skill that went into this feature warrant the accolades, so congratulations to Eli. This should be a beacon of inspiration for others to write what really matters.
Posted by Jaymz on April 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM · Report this
merry 171
I know I'm late to the party, but I had to add my voice to the MASSIVE CHORUS!!!

CONGRATS ELI!!!!!!!1

When I heard this mentioned on the news this morning (just that The Stranger had won a Pulitzer), I thought "Fantastic! Must be Eli, and that piece last year about The Bravest Woman in Seattle!"

:-D :-D :-D
Posted by merry on April 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
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Unbelievable, Eli. Amazing, amazing, amazing piece. You deserve it! And way to go, Stranger staff, on being awesome.
Posted by catyrose on April 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this
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It hurt to read that piece. All I was thinking about at the time was the story. Thinking about it now, a Pulitzer Prize makes total sense. Well deserved, Eli.
Posted by Pablo Picasso on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 174
Congratulations, Eli and to the Stranger. I lived in Seattle during the early years of the Stranger and I doubt anyone then would have guessed this would happen. The Stranger is, truly, Seattle's ONLY Newspaper!
Posted by Cracker Jack on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
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Congrats, Eli! The piece was heartbreaking and amazing.
Posted by megs on April 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM · Report this
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When I head that Eli had one the Pulitzer I immediaty knew which article he had won it for. That was an amazing piece of journalism, Eli. Congrats on your win!
Posted by Schweighsr on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
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OK, I have to write again to say - that was an amazing piece of work and very deserving of the prize. I'm a South Park resident and want to say "thank you" for the courageous offering.
Posted by scottleigh on April 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
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One Hell of a piece of writing, it got me to follow this site, Bravo...
Posted by PierreD on April 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
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One Hell of a piece of writing, it got me to follow the Stranger... Bravo...
Posted by PierreD on April 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this
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Congratulations on a devastating and courageous piece of writing. Thank you for your compassion, and for bearing witness to this horrific story.
Posted by amandamo on April 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM · Report this
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Great journalism, with compassion. Thanks Eli, and Congrats
Posted by xaymaca9 on April 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 182
Outstanding. Congratulations.
Posted by Gurldoggie http://gurldogg.blogspot.com on April 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM · Report this
Marti 183
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Marti on April 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM · Report this
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I always thought Eli's work was Pulitzer material ever since he did the takedown of Gay City and the story of the guy (sorry don't recall his name) who got bashed outside Timberline. Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition!
Posted by Dr. T on April 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
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Congratulations, Eli. The piece was stunning and completely deserving of this recognition.

All of your writing about the event and trial was exceptional. My very favorite was this Slog post, which I still recall as being the most moving depiction of the value of civilization that I've come across: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archive…
Posted by JenV on April 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
Elvis 186
mad. fuckin. props.
Posted by Elvis on April 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
Hawke 187
Nice job. Story moved me to tears. Well deserved.
Posted by Hawke http://facebook.com/thehawke on April 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM · Report this
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Fantastic! Was very happy to hear of your well-deserved win.
Posted by MerryNye on April 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Gidget 191
SO FREAKING COOL! Congrats, Eli!
Posted by Gidget on April 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
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This article moved me to tears. I found it so intense that I had to put it down half way through, and it took two days until I had the courage to finish it. As a person who has been a victim of sexual violence, (not in any way comparable to what these women experienced) I felt the deep compassion and humanity that Eli displayed very strongly. Thank you Eli for the beautiful piece. Thank you to The Stranger for providing such a supportive environment. I am proud to live in a city with you!
Posted by Mrs.T on April 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
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Congratulations,Mr. Eli Sanders!!!
Posted by 5th Columnist on April 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM · Report this
doloresdaphne 196
Apparently I wasn't the only person who thought that was a brilliant piece of writing.
Congratulations Eli!
Posted by doloresdaphne on April 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM · Report this
dangerousgift 197
Called it! You da jam! That story made pretty much everyone I know cry and for good reason. I'm glad more than internet trolls appreciate what you do!
Posted by dangerousgift on April 17, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
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CONGRATULATIONS ELI!!!!! XO
Posted by jillguidi on April 17, 2012 at 4:19 PM · Report this
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Congratulations!
Posted by clint on April 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM · Report this
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Mazel tov!
Posted by karsea on April 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM · Report this
Knat 202
Congratulations, Eli. I suppose I'm going to have to finally read the feature, then.
Posted by Knat on April 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM · Report this
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Great job, Eli. The overwhelming power of this story made me weep.
Posted by surfergirl on April 17, 2012 at 6:32 PM · Report this
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Will The Stranger's website banner now read: "The Stranger - Winner of One Pulitzer Prize"?
Posted by miked on April 17, 2012 at 7:32 PM · Report this
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I was incredibly moved by that feature, and am really happy for Eli. Well-deserved.
Posted by Ryan Boudinot on April 17, 2012 at 8:09 PM · Report this
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Holy shit, congratulations Eli! That was a great article.
Posted by Max Power on April 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM · Report this
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The Seattle times put the storey about Eli way back on the last page today.
Posted by buttmonkey on April 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM · Report this
Canadian Nurse 208
Congrats! Between Eli's Pulitzer, Dan's TV show and Brendan's NYT Op-Ed, it feels like the whole world's figuring out how awesome you guys are.
Posted by Canadian Nurse on April 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM · Report this
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!!!Congratulation Eli !!! That was a great article. I always enjoy reading your work and listening to you banter with Joni on KUOW.
Posted by markalicious on April 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM · Report this
Claypatch 210
Excellent excellent news. Congratulations Eli. Well deserved prize for a very well written article. I remember reading it and having the hairs on my arms stand up.
Posted by Claypatch on April 18, 2012 at 7:02 AM · Report this
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As a TBTL listener I have always liked your "What's Up, Stranger?" appearances. Congratulations!

(Fox News wins Pulitzer....in the "Fiction" category - Andy Borowitz)
Posted by BillyT on April 18, 2012 at 7:05 AM · Report this
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@212

Way to miss you point, you enormous fucking asshole.
Posted by Bored@School on April 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM · Report this
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@213: "*the* point." I even edited it but it posted incorrectly anyway... hmmph.

Anyway, congrats again Eli. I just re-read your article and Jennifer's response and was again floored.

I hope the Stranger is paying you well enough that you are a financial position to make a donation to a victim or advocacy organization in Jennifer and Teresa's honor.
Posted by Bored@School on April 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
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Holy Crap! Congratulations!!! Is this the first Pulitzer at The Stranger?

That work was amazing, and it took real courage to sit in that court-room, and I know this all too well, having worked as a paralegal felony cases for years: It is heart-breaking and gut-wrenching - it is filled with horrors. I once had to work on a case (that I will spare you from description) and had to interview the victims and go over tens of thousands of pages of discovery with about a quarter of those pages being very accurate descriptions of the crimes committed against humanity. These crimes all occurred near where I grew up, and I had spent time in those places and had vivid memories of the lay of the land - and I feel as though it permanently traumatized me. Eli, that took great courage to sit in that court, and I'm sorry that that is forever in your mind, I hope that you can distance yourself from that case better than I did on the aforementioned... It still haunts me 7 years later.
Posted by scratchmaster joe on April 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
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That article deserved the award.
Posted by kate r http://katerothwell.blogspot.com on April 19, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
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