Hanna works at The New York Times as a Staff Editor for social media on the Interactive desk. She devises a strategy for the International, Business and Science desks for how they can use social media to enhance their reporting, improve their storytelling and engage their readers. She also produces interactive projects using user-generated content. Her article on using Twitter, “Twitter Illiterate? Mastering the @BC’s,” made it to the top of The Times’s Most Emailed list.
Previously, she was GlobalPost’s Editor of Breaking News and Social Media. In that position, Hanna was responsible for building and then managing a team of two full-time and 22 part-time writers and producers. Hanna helped create a dynamic news desk that used digital tools and techniques to cover foreign and national news. She developed GlobalPost’s strategy for using various social media platforms to improve the site’s reporting and storytelling and created innovative social projects, such as the “A Friday In” Twitter series. She trained GlobalPost’s editors and correspondents in best practices for social media and search engine optimization. Hanna was part of the GlobalPost team that won the Overseas Press Club award in 2012 for online coverage of breaking news.
Hanna spent two years living in India, where she worked as GlobalPost’s Mumbai correspondent, freelanced for a variety of publications including The Independent of London and PRI’s “The World,” and contributed to NYTimes.com’s travel blog, “In Transit.” She received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to cover maternal mortality in India in 2010 and child marriage in Nepal in 2011.
Before moving to India, Hanna was the founding World Editor of the Huffington Post. Hanna founded and ran the international vertical for the Huffington Post in December 2008. She recruited and edited writers based around the world, ran daily aggregation of world news, utilized search engine optimization techniques, created multi-media projects, and developed and coordinated citizen journalism projects. Hanna won InterAction’s 2009 Award for Excellence in International Reporting in recognition of the HuffPost’s foreign coverage.
Hanna has also lived and worked in Burma, Thailand and South Africa. She has a passion for telling stories about people and how they live. She has covered maternal health in Ethiopia, police misconduct in South Africa, migrant workers in Malaysia, Iraqi refugees in San Diego and juvenile sex offenders in Los Angeles.
Hanna’s work has also appeared in Washingtonpost.com, The Times in London, LA Weekly and the Hartford Courant and on CBC Radio’s “Dispatches” and NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Day2Day.”
As a teenager, Hanna challenged her small, relatively conservative town to be more open about sex. She quickly became dubbed the Condom Girl. Hanna’s youth leadership skills were profiled in the New York Times, Ms. and Teen People. She gave speeches on youth leadership around the country and was interviewed on national television and radio shows including the Mitch Albom show and Fox News.
Hanna received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, where she majored in the College of Social Studies. She started a column in the Wesleyan Argus called “A Little Bit Shady.” The column analyzed social issues on campus, from the dreaded walk-of-shame the morning after a sexual encounter to cocaine use to the emergence of online dating.
Hanna received her master’s in journalism from USC Annenberg, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and a columnist for Pop+Politics. She received the Jack Langguth First Amendment Award and was a 2008 NPR Kroc Finalist.
Twitter Illiterate? Mastering the @BC’s
The New York Times, October 24, 2012
Myanmar’s Women Desperate for Health Care After Decades of Neglect
GlobalPost, June 22, 2012
Myanmar Army Accused of Widespread Rape in Kachin State
GlobalPost, June 20, 2012
Abortion: GHI’s Missing Piece in Nepal
GlobalPost, August 25, 2011
Between Iraq and a Hard Place
LA Weekly, Cover Story, May 20, 2009
India: Married as Children
GlobalPost, May 30, 2010
Lessons From India’s Largest Slum
GlobalPost, May 17, 2011
Is Ricky Really a Sex Offender?
LA CityBeat, Cover Story, February 21, 2008
Caught Up in Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday
GlobalPost, March 4, 2010
Experiencing India’s Bathrooms Firsthand
GlobalPost, January 12, 2010
No Visa Necessary
The Hartford Courant, November 16, 200
Praying for Better Burma
The Hartford Courant, September 30, 2007
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