Meribah Knight is a freelance journalist based in Nashville. Most recently she was a staff reporter with Crain’s Chicago Business covering manufacturing and transportation. Prior to Crain’s she was a staff reporter with the Chicago News Cooperative, producing the Chicago section of The New York Times. There she covered a wide range of topics from arts & culture to education to poverty.
She has written for The New Yorker and for TheNewYorker.com. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Utne Reader, American Craft, Chicago Magazine and The Chicago Reader. Her radio and multimedia work has been featured on WBEZ, The PBS News Hour and WTTW. Her reporting has been acknowledged by the Journalism Center for Children and Families and included in an anthology of O, The Oprah Magazine’s notable contributors. Her New Yorker article was named in the magazine’s “best of” 2010 roundup. She was a 2016 winner of a Peter Lisagor Award for her education coverage of the troubled Chicago Public School system. She was the 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her radio reporting as well as the winner of an Illinois Associated Press award for her radio work at WBEZ. She won first place for best feature story from Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
As an 8-year-old she co-authored a book about her childhood literary heroine, Laura Ingalls Wilder, titled “Searching for Laura Ingalls.” She considers it one of her greatest accomplishments.
A native of Cambridge, Mass., Meribah has a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from New York University, graduating magna cum laude. She was an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and currently teaches reporting at Middle Tennessee State University. She lives in Nashville with her fiance and their three cats.