Contributor profile

Sherry Ricchiardi

international journalist | media development specialist/trainer freelance


Sherry Ricchiardi, Ph.D. International journalist, media development specialist

Based in Washington, D.C., Sherry Ricchiardi, has worked with journalists in 35 countries, most recently in Ethiopia and Pakistan. Among her specialties: media ethics in the digital age, power of data in storytelling, election coverage, conflict sensitive reporting, and cross border investigative reporting.

She spent 14 years as a reporter and magazine writer for the Des Moines Register, a prize-winning newspaper in the Midwest, and has been an editor at the Columbia Missourian, a newspaper produced at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, her alma mater.

She has served on the advisory council for Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and co-authored an International Center for Journalists’ “Disaster and Crisis Coverage” manual, a guide for newsrooms. Her stories often appear in IJNet, International Journalists’ Network. Under the Fulbright program, she has taught at at universities in Croatia and Ukraine. In April, she wrote a story for IJNet on how the Trump administration threatens press freedom:


Content by Sherry

Covering issues
Capturing racial justice protests with data

The use of verification tools and open source investigation techniques were essential in exposing police brutality, racism and the need for change.

Covering issues
Coronavirus coverage: giving a voice to the vulnerable with data on your side

From The New York Times to the Associated Press and ProPublica, journalist Sherry Ricchiardi explores how journalists can tell stories about the impact COVID-19 is having on society's most marginalised groups.