I’m a freelance journalist based in New York City, working with words, audio, and pictures—both moving and still. I’m the editorial director of The War Horse, the only award-winning nonprofit newsroom dedicated to reporting the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and to cultivating and publishing first-person reflections and features stories about Post-9/11 conflicts and their aftermath. I launched First Contact, a journalism and commercial production company, in 2016. I’m also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Previously, I was 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 site The Big Roundtable.
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.
Contact me @ahiatt or anna.m.hiatt [at] gmail [dot] com.