Sally Herships | Columbia Journalism School

Sally Herships

Adjunct Faculty; Director, Radio Program


Sally Herships is the director of the audio program. An award-winning journalist, Sally has been a frequent contributor to American Public Media's Marketplace and has reported for multiple other outlets including the BBC, The New York Times, NPR, WNYC and Studio 360. Her 2016 audio documentary, As Many Leaves produced for BBC Radio 4, was rated among the top ten podcasts of the year by and was written up in the Guardian, The Times of London and the Irish News.

A 2017 fellow with Linnaeus University’s Journalism in a World of Terrorism program and a 2015 US-Japan Journalism Fellow with the Japan Center for International Exchange, Sally has reported from Japan, Jamaica and India. Also an investigative reporter, her 2014 story "Good Cop, Bad Cop", for WNYC and NBC,  showed that New Jersey taxpayers are footing the bill for millions of dollars in lawsuits in which police sue each other. Her 2011 project "The Five Percent Rule", a look at the military’s failure to comply with its own tobacco pricing restrictions, was awarded the 2011 Third Coast Radio Impact award.

Sally is the founder of UnionDoc’s Radio Boot Camp program, and founded and hosts the live storytelling event Stories You Can't Tell on the Radio. She got her start as a high school student, carrying a notebook to school and pestering her friends to let her interview them about important topics of the day. A decade and a half later she decided it was time to learn some more solid skills and interned at Radiolab where she fell helplessly in love with audio. Trained as an illustrator at Parsons School of Design, Sally believes her artistic background helps bring color and creativity to storytelling for the ear. Among her proudest moments was when a group of students in Stroud England turned her piece “As Many Leaves” into a play for their high school drama project.