Amy Sacks

New York, NY

In my storytelling, I am committed to shining a spotlight on the underdog and everyday people doing extraordinary things at home and around the world.

I am passionate about animal welfare and about food and nutrition – particularly as it relates to public health policy (but I'm also obsessed with reading recipes and food blogs). I have written widely on issues relating to domestic animals, farming practices and food safety - and the intersection of human and animal health on a global level. For more than a decade, I had a popular column every Saturday in the New York Daily News - the sixth largest circulation in the US - about companion animals and wildlife, people and the city. My stories helped expose public policy shortcomings relating to animal welfare and turn the luck around of abandoned or abused animals.

An ever-curious native of New York City, I have a wealth of work, travel and life experience. Over the summer of 2014, I traveled to Ethiopia to document the high mortality from breast cancer in a country with limited educational opportunities, diagnostic tools, and treatment options. I profiled a compassionate physician from the Bronx who is working with women and the medical community in a capacity building effort to increase the tragically low survival rates. I also recently profiled a Rwandan doctor who is training in the Bronx to diagnose HIV-related cancers in his home country.

I scoured the city of New York for stories as a reporter for the Daily News. I covered presidents and heads of state during the General Assembly session at the United Nations, and created technology solutions for on-air and online producers and directors at MTV and the Sesame Street Workshop. I edited travel and art books for three years in Kobe, Japan, and volunteered to help bone marrow transplant patients at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle.

I am passionate about using my talents to raise awareness of public health issues at home and abroad, and strive to be a voice for the voiceless.

  • Work
    • New York Daily News; United Nations; MTV Networks
  • Education
    • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
    • CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College