Sheree Crute is co-founder and editor-in-chief of FierceforBlackWomen.com. Sheree conceived the idea for Fierce, along with Yanick Rice Lamb. She will be responsible for editorial content and assigning and often writing investigative pieces, narrative journalism and shorter articles. She is one of the most highly regarded health journalists in the country.
Sheree is an award-winning writer and editor who has a passion for communicating about health and medicine. She has written about medicine, research, health policy, and consumer health for major health-care foundations, media outlets, and universities including Columbia University School of Nursing, the University of California at Davis, The Commonwealth Fund, The Root.com, Health, Consumer Reports on Health, Mayo Clinic.com , Better Homes and Gardens, Essence, AARP: The Magazine and other publications.
Sheree is also an editor, content provider and digital communications consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to the public’s health.
Her most recent project is the innovative, new digital platform FierceforBlackWomen.com. As co-founder and editor, Sheree collaborated on all aspects of the design and launch of Fierce, a health and fitness website for black women in the prime of life.
A veteran journalist, Sheree was the founding director of a national, non-profit news service established to help African American, Native American, Latino, and Asian publications cover health disparities in the midst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the burgeoning national movement to understand the disproportionate health risks affecting many ethnic and racial groups in the United States. The project — based at the Scientists’ Institute for Public Information — an organization founded by Margaret Mead to help the press learn more about science and medicine, supplied news to broadcast, radio and print outlets around the United States. While serving as an archivist and writer for the Department of Health and Human Services, Sheree charted the history of health disparities in America.
In addition, she was the founding health editor for Heart & Soul magazine, the nation’s first publication focused on the health needs of African American women, and editor of the books Health & Healing for African-Americans (Rodale Press) and Covering Health in a Multicultural Society: A Guide for Journalists (The California Endowment). As a writer for Rodale Books, she developed and wrote the New York Times best seller The Wrinkle Cure for Nicholas Perricone, M.D., and contributed to The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies series.
Sheree has a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in international affairs from New York University, and holds a certificate in public health practice from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
As a 2011 University of Southern California/Annenberg School of Communications National Reporting Fellow, Sheree wrote the series From the Lab to Life, an analysis of the impact of advanced medical research on medically underserved populations. She is also chair of the National Advisory Council of the Center for Health Media and Policy at Hunter College, a former board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, and a member of the Science Writers of New York.