Reporter, author and columnist, The New York Times
Dan Barry is a longtime reporter and columnist for The New York Times, having written both the “This Land” and “About New York” columns. The author of several books, he writes on myriad topics, including sports, culture, New York City, and the nation. Most recently, he has worked as a senior story editor on “The Weekly” television program for the Times.
Since joining The Times in September 1995, Mr. Barry has covered many major events, including the World Trade Center disaster, the destructive wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting death of a young black man. His many honors include the 2003 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for deadline reporting, for his coverage of the first anniversary of Sept. 11; the 2005 Mike Berger Award, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; the 2015 Best American Newspaper Narrative Award; and the 2019 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for feature writing. He has also been nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize twice: once in 2006 for his slice-of-life reports from hurricane-battered New Orleans and from New York, and again in 2010 for his coverage of the Great Recession and its effects on the lives and relationships of America.
He previously worked at The Providence Journal, where, as a member of its investigative team, he shared a George Polk Award in 1992, for a series on the causes of a state banking crisis, and a Pulitzer Prize in 1994, for an investigation into Rhode Island’s court system that led to various reforms and the criminal indictment of the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court.
Mr. Barry has also written “This Land: America, Lost and Found,” a collection of his “This Land” columns that was published in September 2018; “The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland,” published in 2016; “Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game,” published in 2011 and the winner of the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing; “City Lights,” a collection of his “About New York” columns, published in 2007; and “Pull Me Up: A Memoir,” published in 2004.