stories with impact

Rochelle Sharpe is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

She now works as a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach, focusing her reporting mainly on public health and social issues. Known for her in-depth and investigative work, she also has a passion for finding quirky stories, exploring such offbeat topics as dog custody disputes in divorce cases and whether body odor can be classified as a workplace disability. She’s also written stories of great interest to parents and teens alike, such as an article on which extracurricular activities could boost the odds of admission into Ivy League schools. A recent Knight Science Journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she has a keen interest in using Big Data as a reporting tool.

She has lectured at Harvard, taught investigative reporting to high school and college students, and worked as a writing coach, helping everyone — from students crafting college admissions essays to accountants toiling in corporate America — figure out what they want to say and how to say it best.