Ann Ferrar is an American freelance journalist, author and editor with more than twenty years of experience in narrative non-fiction. She covers a wide range of subjects, with emphasis on narrative medicine. Her articles in major newspapers and magazines include features on health and biomedicine, entertainment, popular culture, topical news, travel, women's issues, human- and general-interest reporting, and even motorcycling.
Ferrar’s freelance features have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, Ladies' Home Journal, Health Monitor Network, Mamm: Women, Cancer and Community and many others. Her writing for the web reflects her versatility, ranging from Breastcancer.org and GE's Healthymagination.com to the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
As a former senior writer at the March of Dimes Foundation, Ferrar’s writing on public health education and awareness of infant mortality garnered awards from the leading publication NonProfit Times and from the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB). Ferrar was also deputy editor of InTouch: The Good Health Guide to Cancer Prevention and Treatment, where she edited and wrote features on the latest in cancer care with a bench-to-bedside focus. As a medical editor and writer for Edelman Medical Communications, she covered innovations in the pharmaceutical industry with a direct-to-patient approach.
Editing and reporting for United Feature Syndicate, Ferrar covered health, lifestyles and entertainment; her syndicated articles and columns were published in major newspapers nationwide, including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. At Redbook Magazine she was an associate editor specializing in narrative medicine and celebrity profiles.
During her career, Ferrar has interviewed notable figures in medicine, politics, entertainment and sports, including Hillary Clinton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Aretha Franklin, and the late Bessie Stringfield, an African-American motorcycling pioneer in the pre-Civil Rights era.
In communications and public affairs, Ferrar has written and edited literature in various media for major clients, including scripts for CD-ROMS for medical students, professionals, patients and consumers, as well as web content, newsletters, annual reports, speeches, advertorials, handbooks, brochures, teaching guides, corporate training materials, and other creative work.
In a completely different milieu, her non-fiction writing on motorcycle lifestyles has focused on women's history and their roles in the sport and its subcultures.
Her non-fiction book Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles and the Rapture of the Road broke new ground in narrating a little-known facet of American women's progression in the twentieth century. The seminal journalistic work on the topic, the book traces the history of riders, racers, adventurers and activists, with a historical perspective on women and mobility. Documentary filmmakers, museum curators, academics and other journalists and authors have referenced the book many times. Ferrar was recognized with awards from the motorcycle industry for her work on Hear Me Roar.
She has appeared in television documentaries produced for PBS and the History Channel, including Glory Road: The Legacy of the African American Motorcyclist and several others. She has been interviewed by CNN for All About Women, lectured and given readings at colleges and libraries. She has consulted and contributed to past exhibits at the Field Museum in Chicago and the Eiteljorg in Indianapolis.
A native of New York City, Ferrar was graduated from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. As a tutor for Literacy Volunteers of America, Ferrar has taught English as a second language to foreign-born students. She has also volunteered on behalf of shelter animals and the United Way. Ferrar is well traveled within the United States, as well as parts of Europe, India, and elsewhere. A member of TripAdvisor's Team at Kiva.org, she supports social entrepreneurship by participating in micro-lending to disadvantaged women in India. She believes that life is an ongoing process of learning and growing, which involves stepping outside of one's comfort zone from time to time. Ferrar lives in the Northeastern United States.
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