Ellen Barry ’89 of the New York Times was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for her reports of corruption and abuse of power in Russia.
According to the Pulitzer committee, Barry and Clifford J. Levy, who received the award with Barry, “put a human face on the faltering justice system in Russia, remarkably influencing the discussion inside the country” in the newspaper’s 2010 series, “Above the Law.”
Barry has been the paper’s Moscow correspondent since June 2008. She joined the Times as a Metro reporter in January 2007. She previously worked for the Los Angeles Times as a national correspondent and as the Atlanta bureau chief; for the Boston Globe as a mental health reporter and on the Iraq foreign desk; for the Boston Phoenix as a feature writer; and for the Moscow Times as a staff reporter.
She was a Pulitizer Prize finalist with other New York Times reporters in 2008 in the breaking news category for reporting on a fire in the Bronx that killed nine people. Barry was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2004 for her beat reporting on mental health and in 2002 for feature writing for a series, “Lost Boys of Sudan.”
After graduating from Sidwell Friends in 1989, Barry attended Yale University, where she was awarded the 1993 Wallace Non-Fiction Prize and the 1993 Wright Prize for best essay by a senior. She graduated from Yale in 1993 with a degree in English literature.