Mary Battiata

Degree programs: 
MA New Media Photojournalism

Personal Information

Mary Battiata was for two decades a staff foreign correspondent and magazine feature writer for The Washington Post. As a correspondent, she worked in East Africa and Eastern Europe covering war, famine and revolution as well as development and conservation issues. In 1993, she was a Pulitzer Finalist for her reporting on the Bosnian conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Her stories about Romanian AIDS orphans and the murder in Rwanda of primatologist Diane Fossey were Pulitzer nominated.  She wrote about the arts, photography and natural history for the Post Magazine and the Post’s Style sections, and has written about politics and culture for The Huffington Post and Harper’s. Her cover story for the Post Magazine about a lethal feud between neighbors in Caroline County, Virginia was anthologized in “Best American Crime Writing of 2006” (Harper Collins). She is teaches creative non-fiction for the Corcoran’s Department of Arts and Humanities.