Cheree Franco holds an MA in Arts & Culture Journalism from Columbia University and has been a features writer and editor at alt-weeklies and daily papers, in addition to publishing in magazines, anthologies, and punk zines. Her work has appeared in VICE, Huck, Juxtapoz, Vinyl Me Please, BOMB, Number:INC, Buzzfeed, Brooklyn Rail, Ra-zorcake, The Indypendent and more. Currently she teaches journalism as a Visiting Professor of Communications. She spent much of 2011 reporting from Pakistan, with the New York Times-affiliate Express Tribune. A wrongful conviction story she wrote played a role in helping release a formerly-incarcerated Arkansan, 20 years into a life-sentence.
More recently she investigated the history of discrimination and access surrounding Ponchartrain's beaches for Places Journal. She followed the grassroots caretakers of Lincoln Beach, the former (city-owned, long-closed, but still used) Black beach and amusement park in New Orleans East, exploring the meaning of true public stewardship and the necessity for free-range spaces. Some of her work can be found on her website.
Cheree Franco, “The City’s Beach, Run by the People,” Places Journal, July 2023. Accessed 26 Jul 2023.