Ann Levin is a writer, editor and longtime journalist. Her articles, essays and book reviews have been published by The Associated Press, USA Today, AARP, The Jewish Forward, and many other national news media. She has performed on stage and online with the writers’ group Read650 and had part of a memoir published in the online magazine Sensitive Skin.
During her almost 30 years in daily journalism, Ann served as the national news editor at the AP, coordinating coverage of elections in the 50 states and every imaginable kind of natural and human disaster. Before that, she worked as a reporter for several newspapers in Texas and California, where some of her favorite stories included the landmark civil rights cases before U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice and the bighorn sheep removal project at the Anza-Borrego Desert. During those years she won numerous awards including for best editorial (1989) from the San Diego chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; best news feature (1985) from the San Diego Press Club; and best writing (1985) from the California Newspapers Publishers Association.
After leaving her job as a full-time journalist, Ann worked as a freelance editor for various institutions, including Columbia University and the UN Population Fund. She is a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a member of the advisory board of Read650. She also volunteers with an organic vegetable cooperative on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Ann lives and works in New York City, although she grew up in a retail furniture family in western Pennsylvania, was educated at a Quaker boarding school, graduated from the proudly all-women’s Smith College, and learned about real smoked barbecue as a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, where she wrote a column for The Daily Texan. All of these experiences continue to inform her work.