What I do

Willkommen. I am a German-American journalist, innovative storyteller and strategic leader with 25+ years of experience in international media and higher education. My work is positioned at the intersections of science, technology, health, migration, education, culture and trauma. I engage diverse communities on these subjects through storytelling, talks, events, consulting and leadership. Current or recent projects include:

  • Global Health Programming, Storytelling and Leadership @harvardGH
  • Trauma workshops for journalists (e.g. @RJI, @jaws)
  • Journalism start-up support (e.g. @RiffReporter)
  • Innovation in STEM-education (e.g. @aceraschool, @OneBraveIdea)
  • Critical incident analysis (e.g. with the Academy for Critical Incident Analysis @JohnJayCollege)
  • Media literacy for survivors, their advocates, and law enforcement (e.g. @NAMI, @Boston Resiliency Center)
  • Stewardship (e.g. @TrustForTraumaJournalism)

Since I wrote my first article in 1986 as a high school student for my local newspaper in Germany (Ruhr Nachrichten), I have worked as a reporter, photographer, feature writer, editor and newsroom leader on three continents. My work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Time magazine, Nieman Reports, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Folio/Neue Zuercher Zeitung, GEO and many, many other publications in Europe and the U.S.

Currently, I am a co-director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, where I get to work with an outstanding team of faculty, postdocs, program managers and young researchers as we push on programs, symposia, strategies, and initiatives to advance research, policy and storytelling in Global Health. Ongoing projects include dashinafrica.org, driversofhealth.org, choicesinhealth.org, and globalepidemics.org.

From 2006 to 2014, I ran a variety of programs at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, including

CrimeVictimsPixSTEF

I have spent a transformative year at Harvard as a 2001 Nieman fellow, studying among other things molecular biology, philosophy of science and how the Internet is changing our species, from social behaviour on- and offline to children’s ideas about the world (the latter with the great Sherry Turkle.)

I live in Medford, Mass. with my husband and two children (12 and 15).

You can contact me at scf@stefaniefriedhoff.com or via twitter @stefanie2000

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The best Nieman class ever: Harvard graduation with some of my 2001 fellows

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