Ann Ferrar is an award-winning freelance journalist, author and editor who specializes in consumer health, patient education, narrative medicine and medical communications. She covers a wide range of other subjects as well. Her articles for major periodicals, websites and other venues include features on health and medicine, women's issues, topical news, the human-animal bond, popular culture, general-interest reporting, and more.
Ferrar’s work has been published in The New York Times, Newsday, Ladies' Home Journal, Health Monitor Network, Mamm: Women, Cancer and Community and many others. Her writing credits for the web include Breastcancer.org and GE's Healthymagination.com.
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 and oncology research, with a bench-to-bedside focus. As a medical editor and writer for Edelman Medical Communications, she covered innovations and product launches in the pharmaceutical industry.
In medical communications and public affairs, Ferrar has written and edited literature in various media for major pharmaceutical clients and advertising agencies. Her work for medical students, health professionals, patients and consumers includes CME materials for online courses and CD-ROMs, as well as web content, newsletters, press kits, annual reports, speeches, advertorials, handbooks, teaching guides, corporate training and intranet materials, ghostwritten works for physicians, and more.
Earlier in her career, in a completely different milieu, Ferrar combined her talent for narrative non-fiction with her passion for discovery and women's issues. The result was Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles and the Rapture of the Road. This seminal, award-winning book chronicled the unknown history of female riders, professional racers, adventurers and activists, with a historical perspective on women and personal mobility. During this time, Ferrar recorded the only known oral history of Bessie Stringfield, an African-American motorcycling pioneer (now deceased) in the pre-Civil Rights era, whose strength and resiliency inspires the author to this day.
Ferrar lives in the Northeastern United States. She is the proud parent of a rescued shelter dog who brings therapeutic smiles to elderly residents in long-term care.
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