As director of ICFJ’s flagship program, the ICFJ Knight Fellowships, Jerri Eddings supports a global network of journalists and technologists who spark news innovation and experimentation worldwide. Fellows help journalists and news organizations adopt new technologies to enhance their news gathering, storytelling, editorial workflows, audience engagement and business models.
Previously, Eddings was a senior program director with ICFJ, supervising and implementing global programs at ICFJ for more than a decade, with a special focus on Africa.
She has extensive experience in the United States and Africa as a reporter, editor, television producer and director of media capacity building programs. She worked as a foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun in Southern Africa, as Atlanta bureau chief and then chief congressional correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, as director of the Freedom Forum’s Africa media center in Johannesburg, South Africa, and as managing editor of Africa programming at Howard University Television (WHUT), a PBS station in Washington.
Eddings holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina and is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.