Sheryl McCarthy ’69 is a journalist known for thoughtful and provocative commentary on issues of race, gender, crime, education, politics, social policies towards the poor, and U.S. foreign policy.
During her career, she has worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe and the Baltimore Evening Sun; an education editor at the New York Daily News; and a national correspondent for ABC News. In 1987, McCarthy joined the staff of New York Newsday and, in 1989, became its first female columnist.
After the New York edition of the paper closed in 1995, her twice-weekly columns appeared on the opinion pages of its parent newspaper, Newsday. They also were syndicated by the L.A. Times wire service to newspapers throughout the United States and around the world. In addition, McCarthy has written for Ms. magazine, the Nation, and Huffington Post New York. She serves on USA Today’s board of contributors.
McCarthy, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke with a major in English. She earned a master’s degree in English and a law degree from Columbia University, and was admitted to the New York bar. A former trustee of MHC, McCarthy has been active in connecting the College’s students with alumnae journalists.