Associate Professor of the Practice | Director of the Journalism Program


  • Office: 426e ZSR Library
  • Phone: (336) 758-4186 or (336) 682-2249


  • MS Columbia University, The Journalism School
  • BA University of Chicago

Areas of Interest

  • Narrative nonfiction
  • Investigative journalism
  • Multimedia storytelling
  • Local News

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

  • WRI 111 Writing Justice
  • JOU 320 Community Journalism
  • JOU 322/LAW 500 Investigating Innocence: At the Intersection of Journalism, Narrative and the Law
  • JOU 375/LAW 397/AAS 280 Confronting Racism in Journalism and the Law

Selected Publications

Beyond Innocence: The Life Sentence of Darryl Hunt, Grove Atlantic, March 8, 2022

“Beyond Innocence is a powerful story that underscores the many injustices in our judicial system and the huge challenge all ex-prisoners face regaining their lives.”—Albert Woodfox, author of Solitary 

“Beyond Innocence is beautifully written and also shocking and disturbing. Phoebe Zerwick has crafted a moving story of one man’s lifelong fight against radical injustice. She has also produced a lacerating indictment of a deeply flawed American justice system that systematically targets young black men.”—David Zucchino, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wilmington’s Lie.”

See my website for a selection of long-form journalism and multimedia storytelling.