about me

Anna Maria Barry-Jester is an award-winning journalist who specializes in public health and inequality.  


Anna is a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, a non-profit health news serivce (it is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente). Before that, she was on the staff of the data-driven news site FiveThirtyEight where she covered public health, immigration, food, and science. She previously worked as editorial health producer for Univision, and editorial producer for a year-long series on global health at ABC News. For several years before that, she was a professional photographer and videographer, working from more than 15 countries for a variety of outlets. She has a BA in Latin American Studies from New York University and a master of public health in epidemiology and global health from Columbia University. She has been based in India, Argentina and Nicaragua for extended periods. She speaks Spanish (and can order a good meal in several other languages).  

In 2017, she was part of a team of journalists at FiveThirtyEight that was awarded the prestigious communications award from the National Academis of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine for the project Gun Deaths In America, which included Surviving Suicide in Wyoming. For her work on the Flint Water Crisis, she was a finalist for the Online Journalism Award for Investigative Data Journalism. 

A series on a deadly and mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease affecting agriculture communities in Latin America and Southeast Asia, produced with reporter Sasha Chavkin and the Center for Public Integrity, won numerous awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi from the Society of Professional Journalists, a Sidney Award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, and a 2nd Place Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-Depth Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists.  

While at ABC News, she was editorial producer for an hour-long TV special on maternal mortality that was awarded the Overseas Press Club's Best International Reporting Showing Concern for the Human Condition. 

Select Grants and Fellowships: 

·2016 USC Center for Health Journalism National Fellowship to report a series of stories on health disparities in the Southern Black Belt 

·2015 International Reporting Project Global Health and Development Reporting Fellowship to Peru 

·John Jay Criminal Justice and Health Journalism Fellowships 

·2011 International Reporting Project Gatekeeper Fellowship: Indonesia