Elizabeth Mendez Berry
Writing About Popular Music
M.S. Columbia University School of Journalism
B.A. University of Toronto
BiographyElizabeth Méndez Berry's reporting and criticism about music, culture and politics has appeared in the Washington Post, Vibe, the Village Voice, Smithsonian, and Time, among many others. "Love Hurts," her investigative article on domestic violence in the hip hop industry, won ASCAP's Deems Taylor award for music reporting. The article was also included in Da Capo's Best Music Writing anthology, as was her essay on Jay-Z's premature retirement, "The Last Hustle." In 2008, she won Columbia University's Hechinger award for best education coverage for her piece on the death of a Bronx high school.
Méndez Berry has been interviewed about music and culture by NPR, The New York Times, NBC, CBC, CNN en español, and many more. Her writing has been included on syllabi at Brown, Columbia and her alma mater the University of Toronto, and she has lectured at Princeton, Duke University, Fordham and Hunter College. She's also taught journalism to grade school students around New York City. She has a masters in journalism from Columbia, and was recently selected for the French American Foundation's Young Leaders program. She's currently at work on a book about hip hop generation political activism.