Sheryl McCarthy is Distinguished Lecturer of Journalism at Queens College, and hosts the weekly talk show “One to One” on CUNY-TV, where she interviews women who are movers and shakers in many walks of life. She also serves as an advisor to the staff of The Knight News.
Ms. McCarthy’s journalism career has included being a reporter for The Boston Globe and The Baltimore Evening Sun, a reporter and education editor for The New York Daily News, a correspondent for ABC News, and a reporter and columnist for Newsday and New York Newsday, where she received The Meyer Berger Award from Columbia University for her columns about the people and issues of New York City. She moderated the weekly current affairs shows “Thirteen Live” and “New York Hotline,” which aired on WNET and WNYC-TV.
She has received awards from the national Education Writers Association and The New York Association of Black Journalists, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America gave her its “Maggie” award for her coverage of such issues as the attacks on women‘s reproductive rights, the need for access to effective contraception and the need for accurate sex education for young people.
She has contributed to MS Magazine and The Nation and served on the board of contributors of USA Today, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. Her book of Newsday columns, “Why Are the Heroes Always White?” was published by Andrews and Mc Meel.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, she graduated “cum laude” from Mount Holyoke College, received master’s and law degrees from Columbia, and is a member of the New York bar. She is a former trustee of Mount Holyoke and the recipient of its Alumnae Medal of Honor.