About

©Anna HiattI’m a freelance journalist based in New York City, specializing in words and photographs. I was the founding editorial director of The War Horse, where I cultivated and developed writers with experiences of war and published their stories from Post-9/11 conflicts and about their aftermath. I launched First Contact, a commercial production company, in 2016. I adjuncted at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism from 2014 through 2017.

Previously, I served as the digital journalist for The Truth About Trees, a two-part documentary project funded largely by the National Science Foundation, with contributions from the MacArthur Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service, among others. I was the founding publisher of the award-winning narrative nonfiction publication called The Big Roundtable — renamed The Delacorte Review in 2018.

As a research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, I reported and wrote, designed and published “All the Space in the World: The Future of Digital Longform Project.” The five-part piece was re-published in Tales From the Great Disruption, a book about journalism’s digital revolution, with a focus on longform narrative nonfiction. During my Tow Center research fellowship I also organized and MC’d The Future of Digital Longform Conference hosted by the Graduate School of Journalism. Before moving to New York City, I worked on pictures for the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco 49ers, shot food for Thrillist and, when it was starting up, Seamless, and assisted with lighting at vineyards, society portraits, and a culinary school in Napa Valley and the surrounding Sonoma County area.

I’m a Washington, D.C. native and graduate of UC Berkeley (BA History) and Columbia University (MS Journalism). My work has appeared in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, The Village Voice, The New Republic, Reuters, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Roads & Kingdoms, and on WNYC and NBC News Digital, among others. The Oxford comma is the most correct. Adapting The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, always. Old soul, young heart. Coffee is my life force. Click for my résumé, if you’d like.

Contact me @ahiatt or anna.m.hiatt [at] gmail [dot] com.