Sherkiya Wedgeworth-Hollowell joined CPR News in 2021 as the Managing Editor, Accountability and Outreach.
Sherkiya is a Colorado native who was born and raised in northeast Denver. After graduating from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Journalism, she began her career as a reporter for the Washington Post Communities newspapers covering the Washington D.C., suburbs as a community beat reporter. She then went on to cover local government for Gannett and the Des Moines Register, including the Iowa Black and Brown Presidential Debate and election caucuses, before returning to Washington to continue working in media as a reporter/writer/communications manager and editor focusing on health, health care policy and community advocacy. Part of that work was creating the groundwork for Kaiser Health Foundation’s “Minority Health Disparities Report,” in which she was awarded for, as well as working with the development of Washington D.C.’s Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame, where her interviews and biographies of these historic athletes can still be seen today.
In her own words:
My goal as a journalist for the past two decades has always been to treat news as a community service. While I have provided this service to many communities outside of Colorado as if they were my own, there is nothing like coming back home to serve the very same community that shaped my future in becoming a journalist. Home is where the heart is, and my heart has never left Colorado.