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Eli Saslow, Author of Ten Letters

About the Author

Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow is a staff writer for the Washington Post, where he covered the 2008 presidential campaign and chronicled the president's life inside the White House. Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President is his first book.

Previously a sportswriter for the Washington Post, he has won multiple awards for news and feature writing. Two of his stories, "The Old Ba' Game" (2008) and "A New Game Plan" (2007), have appeared in Best American Sports Writing. Before coming to the Washington Post as an intern in 2004, he worked for The Star-Ledger and The Buffalo (N.Y.) News.

Saslow was University of Montana's School of Journalism 2010 T. Anthony Poller Distinguished Professor, where he taught a course in narrative non-fiction writing and delivered keynote lecture, "Inside the Bubble: Covering President Obama." He also helped found Press Pass Mentors, a non-profit organization that pairs professional journalists with inner-city high school students to build writing skills for their future.