Amy Merrick teaches business reporting, magazine reporting, online reporting, senior capstone and other courses in the College of Communication. She also advises 14 East, DePaul's online magazine, and DePaul's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She has twice received the 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 served as deputy editor of Capital Ideas, the research magazine of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. She has contributed to The New Yorker’s “Currency” blog and The Atlantic's "Human Capital" project, 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 was a fellow at the Reynolds Week in Business Journalism at Arizona State University. 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.
- "Summer Jobs Programs Aren't Enough," The Atlantic (August 3, 2018)
- "Tammy Duckworth Just Gave Birth, But She Can't Take Maternity Leave," Chicago (April 9, 2018)
- "Walmart's Future Workforce: Robots and Freelancers," The Atlantic (April 4, 2018)
- "How Toys R Us Succumbed to Its Nasty Debt Problem," The New Yorker (September 21, 2017)
- “West Elm Gets Into Hotels and Gender Politics,” The New Yorker (September 27, 2016)