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Dan Barry (reporter)

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Dan Barry
Born1958 (age 65–66)
EducationSt. Bonaventure University (BA)
New York University (MA)
Occupation(s)journalist, columnist, author
Notable work"This Land" The New York Times column
"About New York" The New York Times column
Bottom of the 33rd
Pull Me Up: A Memoir
City Lights: Stories About New York
The Boys in the Bunkhouse
This Land: America, Lost and Found
SpouseMary Trinity

Dan Barry (born 1958) is an American reporter and columnist for The New York Times. He is the author of five books, including This Land: America, Lost and Found, a collection of his national columns for The Times that was published in 2018.


Barry, whose father was from Brooklyn and whose mother was from County Galway, Ireland, was born in Queens, N.Y., and raised in Deer Park, N.Y. He graduated from St. Anthony's High School (now in Huntington, N.Y.) in 1976, when it was an all-boys high school in Smithtown, N.Y. His experiences at St. Anthony's figure in his memoir, Pull Me Up. 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.[citation needed]

In 1983, after years working as a delicatessen clerk and ditch digger, Barry joined The Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Conn., as a reporter, and moved to the Providence Journal-Bulletin in 1987. In 1992, he 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.[citation needed]

Barry joined The New York Times in 1995. He served as Long Island bureau chief, police bureau chief, City Hall bureau chief, and general assignment reporter for the Metropolitan desk before resurrecting the "About New York column" in 2003. Then, in 2007, he began the "This Land" column, which took him to all 50 states over the course of a decade. He now specializes in long-form narratives.[citation needed]

His writing also appears in several non-fiction anthologies.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

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



· 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

· This Land: America, Lost and Found (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2018) – a collection of Barry's national "This Land" columns.


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