Anne Hull is an American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter at the Washington Post.
Hull began her career at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. She answered phones on the city desk before becoming a reporter, and was later the paper's national correspondent. Her story "Metal to Bone" depicted a police squad working in a public housing project in Tampa. She followed a group of women from rural Mexico as H2-B guest workers in a crab processing plant in North Carolina. The series, "Una Vida Mejor," was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Hull joined the Washington Post in 2000 as a national reporter. During the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, Hull and her Post colleagues Dana Priest and Michel duCille exposed the mistreatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, for which the Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2008.
Hull was a Nieman Fellow ('95) at Harvard University and a 2011 Berlin Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She was visiting professor at Princeton University. She serves on the board of trustees at the Poynter Institute For Media Studies in St. Petersburg. She has written for the New Yorker magazine.
Walter Reed scandal
In late 2007, Hull and Priest went behind the gates at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington to investigate the living conditions of wounded soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They found mold, rats and the neglect of outpatient soldiers who were stuck in bureaucratic limbo on the ground of Walter Reed. The stories sparked outrage, resulting in the resignation of Secretary of the Army, Francis J. Harvey. Congressional investigations were led by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), who chaired the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the House and by Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), on the Senate side, who chaired the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. Republicans and Democrats joined hands in criticizing the respective parties responsible for the conditions there. This prompted President George W. Bush to appoint former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Presidential Candidate Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) and former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala to oversee the process of healthcare for wounded soldiers.
The Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2008, citing Hull, Priest and duCille for "exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, evoking a national outcry and producing reforms by federal officials."
- The Invisible Reporter: Q&A with Anne Hull, Poynter
- Anne Hull Bio, Nieman Narrative Digest
- Articles at washingtonpost.com, The Washington Post
- Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration at Army's Top Medical Facility, The Washington Post, February 18, 2007
- In the Bible Belt, Acceptance is Hard Won, The Washington Post, September 26, 2004
- Una Vida Mejor, A Better Life, The St. Petersburg Times, May 10, 1999
- Rim Of the New World, The Washington Post
- Reporters Who Broke Story on Conditions at Walter Reed, All Things Considered, NPR, March 6, 2007
- The Strawberry Girls, The New Yorker, August 11, 2008