Dan Barry (reporter)

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Dan Barry
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Queens, New York, United States
Education St. Bonaventure University, BA
New York University M.A. in journalism
Occupation journalist, columnist, author
Notable work "This Land" New York Times column
“About New York” New York Times column
Bottom of the 33rd
Spouse(s) Mary Trinity
Children Nora, Grace

Dan Barry is a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, where he has written the "This Land" column since January 2007. Barry is also the author of four books, including "Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption and Baseball's Longest Game," which won the 2012 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting, and “Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland,” published in 2016.


The oldest of four children, Barry was born in Queens, N.Y., and raised in Deer Park, N.Y. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and received a master's degree in journalism from New York University.

In 1983, Barry joined The Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut, as a reporter, and moved to the Providence Journal-Bulletin in 1987. In 1992 Barry won a shared Polk Award for investigating the causes of a state banking crisis. In 1994, he was part of a Journal-Bulletin investigative team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting after exposing corruption in the Rhode Island court system.

Barry joined The New York Times in 1995. Before becoming a columnist he served as city hall bureau chief, Long Island bureau chief, police bureau chief, and general assignment reporter for the metropolitan desk. Barry wrote the "About New York" column for The Times for three years before launching the "This Land" column, which has taken him to all 50 states.

His writing also appears in several non-fiction anthologies.

Personal life[edit]

Barry lives in Maplewood, N.J., with his wife, Mary Trinity, and two daughters, Nora and Grace.


In addition to his 1994 Pulitzer Prize, Barry has since been a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer twice: in 2006, for his coverage of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans and life in New York City, and in 2010, for his coverage of how the Great Recession changed lives and relationships in America. His other honors include the 1992 shared Polk Award; 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, which honors in-depth human interest reporting; the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi award for column writing from the Society for Professional Journalists; and the 2015 Best American Newspaper Narrative award.

In May 2016, Barry was given an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University, after which he delivered the commencement address for the graduating class of 2016.


· Pull Me Up (2004) — memoir of Barry's Long Island Irish Catholic upbringing and battle with cancer

· City Lights: Stories About New York (2007) — collection of Barry’s “About New York” columns

· Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game (HarperCollins, 2011; paperback March 2012) — about the longest game in professional baseball history

· The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland (HarperCollins, 2016) – about the exploitation of a group of Texas men with intellectual disability who worked for decades in a turkey-processing plant in eastern Iowa.


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