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Dale Maharidge (born 24 October 1956) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist best known for his collaborations with photographer Michael Williamson.

Maharidge and Williamson's book And Their Children After Them won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction[1] in 1990. It was conceived as a revisiting of the places and people depicted in Walker Evans's and James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Also with Williamson, Maharidge wrote Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, which singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen has credited as an influence.

Reared in Ohio, Maharidge was a staff writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Sacramento Bee. It was while at the Bee that he formed his partnership with Williamson, who was a news photographer for the paper. The pair have traveled and lived among the rural poor as they documented the underside of American prosperity. Maharidge has also contributed to publications ranging from Rolling Stone to the New York Times.

His newest project is Someplace Like America: On the Road with Workers, 1980-2010. It is scheduled to be published in 2010.

He has taught journalism at Stanford University and Columbia University.

Selected works

Books by Dale Maharidge include

  • And Their Children After Them
  • Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass
  • Yosemite: A Landscape of Life
  • The Last Great American Hobo
  • The Coming White Minority: California's Eruptions and the Nation's Future'
  • Homeland
  • Denison, Iowa: Searching for the Soul of America Through the Secrets of a Midwest Town
  • Someplace Like America, upcoming, details on Facebook.


  1. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction" (web). Retrieved 2008-03-08.  

External links

  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism [1]
  • Gazeteer on Denison, Iowa [2]
  • Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism [3]


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