Madeleine Blais (born 1946) is a United States journalist, author and professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst's journalism department. As a  reporter for the , Blais earned the Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1980 for "Zepp's Last Stand", a story about a self-declared pacifist and subsequently dishonorably discharged  World War I veteran. Blais has worked at (1971–1972), The Boston Globe (1974–1976) and the The Trenton Times Miami Herald (1979–1987). She has also published articles in , the The Washington Post , the Chicago Tribune in the Northeast Magazine , Hartford Courant , The Philadelphia Inquirer , Newsday , the Nieman Reports and the Detroit Free Press . San Jose Mercury News She is from  Amherst, Massachusetts.
. University of Massachusetts Press. 1992. The Heart Is an Instrument: Portraits in Journalism ISBN 978-0-87023-942-7. , which includes profiles of Christine Falling, the Florida babysitter who murdered three children in her care, social activist Carol Fennelly and playwright Tennessee Williams.
In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995, ISBN 978-0-87113-572-8, the story of the Amherst Lady Hurricanes girl's high school basketball team, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in nonfiction
. Grove Press. 2002. Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a Family ISBN 978-0-8021-3892-7. , a memoir of her Irish-American single-parent upbringing in Granby, Massachusetts. 
David Garlock, ed. (2003). "Zepp's Last Stand". . Wiley-Blackwell. Pulitzer Prize feature stories: Americas best writing, 1979-2003 ISBN 978-0-8138-2545-8.
Ellen Sussman, ed. (2007). "The Beard". Bad girls: 26 writers misbehave. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-06463-6.
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She graduated from
The College of New Rochelle in 1969. While there, she roomed with Mercedes Ruehl and Suzanne Hampton. She is married to author John Katzenbach.
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