Lynne Perri

Lynne Perri is IRW's managing editor and a journalist-in-residence in the School of Communication.

Lynne Perri is a journalist-in-residence and senior professorial lecturer at American University, and also managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

IRW is an independent, nonprofit newsroom based at AU that partners with The Washington Post, among other legacy media and nonprofit newsrooms.

She teaches reporting, visual journalism and journalism ethics, and she took students to New Hampshire and South Carolina in 2020 to cover the early primaries. The experiential learning trips were components of an elections class she co-created in which students traveled to New Hampshire in 2008, 2012 and 2016 as well, and to Virginia and Pennsylvania for elections coverage in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

She was awarded Outstanding Service to the University Community for 2020 and also received the School of Communication’s 2020 Award for Inclusive Excellence.

Before joining American University, she worked as a reporter and editor at several newspapers, including the Tallahassee Democrat and The Tampa Tribune. She later immersed herself in visual journalism as a deputy managing editor for Graphics and Photography at USA TODAY, where she also wrote features and book reviews. 

She has been an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, Northwestern University, the University of Maryland and the University of South Florida, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Iowa, Ohio University and the University of Nebraska. She has led workshops for The Washington Post, the Knight Center for International Journalists, the American Press Institute and the Society for News Design.