About Me

Anna Maria Barry-Jester is a journalsit focusing on the social and political determinants of health. 


Anna has been on the staff of data-driven news site FiveThirtyEight since 2015, writing about public health, science and immigration. She previously worked as editorial health producer for Univision, and editorial producer for a year long series on global health at ABC News. For ten years, she did freelance work as a photographer and videographer for a variety of outlets, including work on a multi-country, multi-year investigation with the Center for Public Integrity. She has a BA from NYU in Latin American Studies and a MPH from Columbia University in Epidemiology and Global Health. Anna has lived in India, Argentina, Cuba, and Nicaragua for extended periods. She speaks Spanish and sometimes Portuguese. 



Communications Award from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 

Gun Deaths In America, includng Surviving Suicide in Wyoming 


USC Center for Health Journalism National Fellowship 

Used to report a series of stories on health disparities in the Southern Black Belt 


International Reporting Project 

Global Health and Development Reporting Fellowship to Peru 


John Jay Criminal Justice and Health Journalism Fellowships 

Society of Environmental Journalists 

Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Small Market, 2nd Place 


Society of Professional Journalists 

Sigma Delta Chi, Public Service in Online Journalism Award 

Sidney Hillman Foundation 

October Sidney Award for "an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism" presented to Mystery in the Fields series produced with the Center for Public Integrity.  

Overseas Press Club 

Editorial Producer 

David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award for Best International Reporting showing concern for the human condition 


International Reporting Project Gatekeeper Fellowship 



LOOKBetween Participant 

Nominated to present a personal project at LOOKBetween along with other emerging photographers 

PDN Annual 


Photocrati Fund