Amy Merrick teaches courses in news reporting, feature writing, and business and magazine reporting in the College of Communication, where she received an Excellence in Teaching award.
A former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Merrick spent 11 years writing about the Midwest economy and politics, state and municipal finance, and the retail and banking industries. Her work has been published in the Poynter Institute’s Best Newspaper Writing series. She is deputy editor of Capital Ideas, the research magazine of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. She also contributes to the New Yorker’s “Currency” blog and writes for other metro and national publications.
Merrick was a finalist for the American Society of Newspaper Editors Jesse Laventhol Prize for deadline news reporting by a team. She has appeared on CNBC’s “Kudlow and Cramer” and other television programs and has conducted radio interviews for the BBC World Business Report, Wall Street Journal Radio Network and other syndicated programs. She has presented at the Pew Center on the States “Capitolbeat” conference and at National Retail Federation conferences. She also has worked at Fortune, the Miami Herald and R&D Magazine.
Merrick earned a BS and MS from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and an MFA in creative writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She received the Jack Dyer Fiction Prize from Crab Orchard Review, and she has performed in the Side Project Theatre's storytelling festival and at Story Lab in Chicago. A hopeless Cubs fan since 1984, she is also a slow—but stubborn—marathon runner.