Cheryl Reed

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Cheryl L. Reed (born 1966) is an American author and journalist. She won a 1996 Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting while at the Dayton Daily News.[1]

She is the author of Poison Girls, a novel,[2] and Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns, a work of literary journalism.[3] [4] She is a First Amendment advocate.[5]


She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism, with a BA in news writing and photojournalism, and from Ohio State University with a MA, and where she was a 1996 Kiplinger Fellow. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction from Northwestern University.[6]

She was a reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, Dayton Daily News, the Newport News Daily Press, and Florida Today. She was visiting professor of journalism at the University of St. Thomas. She was a books editor and editorial page editor at the Chicago Sun-Times.[7] While at the Chicago Sun-Times she changed the editorial stance from conservative to progressive.[8][9] She was a communications director at the University of Chicago and its hospitals.[7]

Her work has appeared in Mother Jones, U.S. News & World Report, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Salon, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. She has been a resident at Ragdale, the Vermont Studio Center, New York Mills, Hedgebrook and Norcroft.[10]

Reed was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 2016-2017 teaching at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine.[11]

She is currently an assistant professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.[12]

She was previously an assistant professor of journalism at Northern Michigan University and its adviser to NMU's student newspaper The North Wind for the 2014–15 academic year. However, Reed was voted out of the position as the adviser at the end of the school year by the newspaper's board of directors, for what Reed claimed was retaliation on the investigative journalism she was teaching her students.[13][14][15] Reed brought the board members to federal court in June 2015, but she later pulled out from the case when the judge denied a preliminary injunction that would have reinstated her as adviser.[16] Reed advocated for a new law that offers further protections for student speech and prevents schools and universities from retaliating against media advisors for material written by students.[17]

In April 2016, Northern Michigan University was awarded a national "muzzle award" by Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression for its treatment of Reed and the student newspaper.[18] In November 2016, the American Association of University Professors issued a report called "Threats to the Independence of Student Media" and cited NMU and its treatment of Reed and the student newspaper as an example of aggressive behavior to stifle investigative reporting.[19][20]


She is married to former Chicago Tribune editor Greg Stricharchuk.[21]


  • Poison Girls. Diversion Books. 2017. ISBN 168230826X.; Diversion Books, 2017, ISBN 978-1682308264
  • Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns. Berkley Books. 2004. ISBN 978-0-425-19511-6.; Penguin, 2010, ISBN 978-0-425-23238-5


  1. ^ "Investigative Reporting Prize". Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center. Archived from the original on 2015-06-07. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  2. ^ "Cheryl Reed Discusses Poison Girls Nov. 14". Society of Midland Authors. November 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-11-22. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  3. ^ Takeuchi Cullen, Lisa; Schmidt, Tacy Samantha (November 13, 2006). "Today's Nun Has A Veil--And A Blog". Time.
  4. ^ "Cheryl Reed". Northern Michigan University faculty and staff. Archived from the original on 2015-11-02.
  5. ^ Seidel, Aly (May 11, 2015). "Student newspaper adviser, editor, sue Northern Michigan U. alleging retaliation". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Cheryl Reed". TriQuarterly.
  7. ^ a b "Cheryl Reed, assistant director of publications, University of Chicago Medical Center". Chicago Tribune Business.
  8. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (February 5, 2008). "Rewrite dust-up shrouds Sun-Times sale talk; Editorial page editor departs newspaper". Chicago Tribune.
  9. ^ Miner, Michael (February 4, 2008). "Gone from the Sun-Times: Cheryl Reed". Chicago Reader.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2011-11-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Cheryl Reed". CherylReed.
  12. ^ "CherylReed". Newhouse.
  13. ^ Jesse, David (April 7, 2015). "Northern's student newspaper adviser ousted". Detroit Free Press.
  14. ^ Jesse, David (April 16, 2015). "NMU student newspaper adviser sues to get job back". Detroit Free Press.
  15. ^ Jesse, David (April 15, 2015). "NMU journalists allege coercion". Detroit Free Press.
  16. ^ Seidel, Aly (March 11, 2015). "Student newspaper adviser, editor, sue Northern Michigan U. alleging retaliation". The Washington Post.
  17. ^ Watts, Jasmine (April 8, 2016). "Student Journalism Impacted". MiningJournal.
  18. ^ Wardell, Mary (April 20, 2016). "NMU wins 'Muzzle' Award". MiningJournal.
  19. ^ Kozlowski, Kim (December 1, 2016). "Report highlights press restraint at Mich. universities". Detroit News.
  20. ^ Musto, Peter (December 31, 2016). "Student Newspapers at U.S. Colleges Face Pressure". Voice of America Learning English.
  21. ^ "Greg Stricharchuk". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2015-05-20.

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