Ana Bottallo is a journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil. She has covered stories on health, science and environment for Folha de S.Paulo, the largest news outlet in Brazil.
Ana is a biologist with a master’s degree in Zoology. She was a Ph.D candidate in paleontology at the University of São Paulo and the Paris Museum of Natural History when she was invited to collaborate with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 at Folha. She started as a temporary journalist but was later invited to be a full-time reporter.
In 2021, she received an honourable mention from the “Especialistas da Comunicação” award for her coverage during the pandemic. She received the first Infovacina Agência Bori and Sabin Institute for Vaccines Award in the category “Explanatory Journalism” for her article on COVID vaccine technology helping to develop vaccines for tropical neglected diseases in 2022. She was elected among the top 25 science, health and well-being journalists from Brazil by the Hospital Albert Einstein and was a finalist for the José Luiz Egydio Setúbal Award on children and teenage health.
Ana also participated in the workshops “Noticiando sobre vacinas”, “Explorando pautas alimentares” and “Oceanos,” organized by the Agência Bori in Brazil with journalists from all over the country. She also participated as mentor in the second edition of the trainee program “Infovacina” n 2022. In 2023, Ana started to sign and co-edit the newsletter “Cuide-se,” focusing on science and health for a better life.