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Pulitzer Center Update March 28, 2018

Pulitzer Center Grantee Wins Ridenhour Book Prize


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In a country as violent as El Salvador, many have given up on political solutions to gang warfare...

Dismantling the Marketplace
Municipal workers help dismantle the unauthorized market stalls in San Salvador's city center, much to the cheers of may San Salvadorans who feel that the congested market is bad for business, travel and safety, and to the fury of long-time vendors, who, as poor Salvadorans, don't trust that the options being offered to them will prove to improve their situation. Nayhib Bukele, however, insists that the new formalized market places he is planning will be a boon for the vendors. Image by Lauren Markham. El Salvador, 2016.

Pulitzer Center grantee Lauren Markham is the 2018 recipient of the Ridenhour Book Prize for her book, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life. 

Published in 2017, this biography follows the journey of twin brothers from rural El Salvador who flee to the U.S. and must then navigate everything from immigration court to adapting to life in an American high school. 

The Ridenhour Book Prize is one of four categories that give recognition to those "who persevere in acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society."

Before publishing her first book, Markham reported in El Salvador with support from the Pulitzer Center for her project, "Violence and Hope in El Salvador." Reporting from San Salvador, she provided an in-depth profile of the recently elected young mayor of the capital and explored prospects for meaningful change in the country.