3 Emily Berch

Emily Berch

Reporter / Editor / Fact checker


Hi! Thanks for visiting my portfolio. My name is Emily Berch, and I'm a freelance fact-checker. Last year, I graduated from Iowa State University, where I was a national merit scholar and a peer mentor in the journalism school. I also served as the editor in chief of our campus newspaper, the Iowa State Daily, where I received two awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for breaking news coverage.

I'm passionate about holding government officials accountable, specifically regarding issues affecting the impoverished and the houseless. I'm experienced with FOIA requests, and I try to ground my work in public records whenever possible to ensure total accuracy. I also strive to make my reporting accessible to all affected communities so it can bring real change.

On this website, you'll find some examples of how I've done that in the past by breaking down City Council decisions and contextualizing breaking news. You'll also find some of my favorite fact-checking, multi-media, and editing projects. I'm always searching for new, creative ways to inform my community, and if you think I could do that with your organization, I hope you reach out!

Work Samples



  • During my term as editor in chief of the Iowa State Daily, I redesigned our campus newsletter, which I packaged and sent to all Iowa State students, faculty, and staff every weekday.
  • While serving as politics editor, I initiated a project with the student life desk about sexuality and intimacy. The series, for which I was the lead editor, is now used by campus counseling services.



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