Anna Maria Barry-Jester is a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health news based in California and specializing in public health. She was previously a reporter with FiveThirtyEight, Univision, and ABC News, and a freelance photographer and videographer. Her reporting on firearm deaths for FiveThirtyEight won the 2017 Communications Award from the National Academies of Sciences. An investigation into an international epidemic of chronic kidney disease for the Center for Public Integrity won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sidney Hillman Foundation, and the Society for Environmental Journalists. She has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and is a native of Michigan.
This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News. Through a wave of pandemic-related litigation, a trio of small but mighty conservative legal blocs has rolled back public health authority at the local, state, and federal levels, recasting America’s future battles against infectious diseases. Galvanized by what they’ve characterized as an overreach of COVID-related health […]