bio

Anna Maria Barry-Jester, is a visual journalist and writer focusing on the social and political determinants of health. 

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Since 2015, Anna has been on the staff of FiveThirtyEight, writing about public health, 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. She has freelanced 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. 

Anna grew up in Michigan, and currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Virginia. 

AWARDS 

2015 

International Reporting Project 

Global Health and Development Reporting Fellowship to Peru 

2013 

John Jay Criminal Justice and Health Journalism Fellowships 

Society of Environmental Journalists 

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

2012 

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 

2011 

International Reporting Project Gatekeeper Fellowship 

Indonesia 

2010 

LOOKBetween Participant 

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

PDN Annual 

Finalist 

Photocrati Fund 

Finalist 

WinePhoto