Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer for The New Yorker. "The Really Big One," her article about the rupturing of the Cascadia fault line, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize.
âI can tell you in absolute sincerity: I didn't realize I was writing a scary story. Obviously I know the earthquake is going to be terrifying, and that our lack of preparedness is genuinely really scary. But, as I think often happens as a reporter, you toggle between professional happiness, which is sometimes, frankly, even professional gleeâyouâre just so thrilled youâre getting what youâre gettingâand then the sort of more human and humane response, which comes every time you really set down your pen and think about what it is youâre actually reporting about.â
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