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Stefani Friedhoff

Stefanie Friedhoff is a German-American journalist and content strategist with 25+ years of experience in international media and higher education. As part of the Brown University School of Public Health leadership team, she oversees the Dean’s ongoing special projects and pandemics portfolio, including research collaborations, modeling and data projects, congressional efforts, and crisis communications. She is also the editor of Pandemics Explained, a co-creator of the Preprint Sifter, and leads key media partnerships to translate the latest evidence into practical information for decision-makers and the public. Friedhoff serves as a key strategic advisor on thought leadership and innovation to the Dean.

Prior to Brown, Friedhoff was Director of Content and Strategy at the Harvard Global Health Institute, where she executed the Institute’s vision through the delivery of programs, symposia, strategies, and initiatives, advancing HGHI’s academic, research, and policy agenda.

Friedhoff is an expert at creating innovative approaches to engage diverse audiences in critical conversations about the most pressing issues of our time. She has worked as a foreign correspondent, feature writer, editor, and photographer on three continents. Her stories have been published in TIME, The Boston Globe, Geo, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Nieman Reports, and many other publications.

From 2006 to 2014, Friedhoff ran a variety of programs at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, where she founded Nieman’s Trauma Journalism Program and Global Health Reporting Fellowships, and initiated key conversations among diverse experts and journalists on issues such as Immigration, Election Campaigns, and Covering Violence and Tragedy. She is also the editor of Nieman’s first online guide,

In 2001, Friedhoff was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. She currently serves as a senior advisor to the Trust for Trauma Journalism and is a board member at RiffReporter.

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