Cheryl L. Reed is working on a series of novels set in Chicago. Her first novel, Poison Girls, is a thriller set during a recent presidential election when more than 250 people have died of fentanyl-laced heroin, a crime that goes unnoticed until politically connected girls begin dying of the drug. The book is scheduled to be released in summer of 2017 by Diversion Books in New York. Currently, Ms. Reed is a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Ms. Reed received her Master's of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing-Fiction from Northwestern University. She earned her master’s degree in journalism as a Kiplinger Fellow at The Ohio State University. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism where she received dual bachelor’s degrees in newswriting and photojournalism.
She is a former editorial page editor, columnist, books editor and investigative reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and previously a staff writer at several others newspapers. Her stories have changed national and state laws and won numerous awards, including Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from the Kennedy School of Government, the Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for Investigative Reporting and the Edgar A. Poe Award by the White House Correspondents' Association.
After leaving daily journalism in 2008, Ms. Reed served as a director of communications and publishing at the University of Chicago for four years before deciding to pursue teaching and writing full time. She has taught at a number of universities, including Purdue North Central and Northern Michigan University.
Ms. Reed and her husband, Greg Stricharchuk, a writer and a former editor for the Chicago Tribune, divide their time between their home on Chicago’s South Side and a farmhouse in Laporte, Indiana.