Ana Pais was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1985. When she was a child, she wanted to be a naturalist like Charles Darwin, but ended up exploring (human) nature from another perspective: journalism.
In 2016 she became a BBC Mundo reporter, BBC’s Spanish news service. Before that, she worked in the Uruguayan newspapers El País and El Observador. While working in the latter, she developed and led a project that was unprecedented in Uruguay called Cromo, a web based news outlet specialized in science and technology.
She graduated in journalism and communications at Universidad ORT Uruguay, an institution that hired her as a professor years later. Took continuing education courses at Columbia University and New York University, and usually says that she learned both by attending classes and living in the city.
Is coauthor of the non fiction book ‘Rostros que se hacen humo’, on stories of life affected by paste base drug. Was one of the winners of the first edition of ‘Las nuevas plumas’, an award for unpublished chronicles organized by Universidad de Guadalajara and Escuela Móvil de Periodismo Portátil.
She loves movies, reads journalism in an obsessive compulsive way and, like every Uruguayan, is a football fan.