Ruthann’s in good company – other winners include writers for the New York Times and Time magazine.
Here’s a bit of what the judges had to say about the story:
Ruthann Richter met the subject of her riveting article in 2000 and finally told her remarkable tale more than a decade later. Deborah Shurson fell 2,600 feet to earth in a 1982 skydiving accident and astonished her doctors, friends and loved ones by surviving… There’s no fairy-tale ending here – but a sympathetic and truthful description of the struggles that begin once doctors have exhausted their magic.
As the magazine’s editor, I couldn’t agree more.