Ross School alumna Bryce Covert ’02 is building an illustrious career in journalism by telling the stories of people whose voices are rarely heard. With articles featured in such publications as The New York Times, Slate, and The New Republic to her credit, she is using her passion for writing, which she discovered as a student at Ross, to contribute to the betterment of society by exposing its inequalities.
Guided by teachers by like Geoffrey Gordon, Bryce developed a love for fiction writing, even winning the Hampton Shorts Junior Writer Award. Her other creative outlets included participating in the theater program, media studies, and wushu, a type of martial arts.
Following graduation, Bryce obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from Brown University. While there, she worked at the school’s Swearer Center for Public Service, an organization that provides students with community service opportunities. That experience, which reinforced the Ross motto (“Know Thyself in Order to Serve”), inspired Bryce to pursue a career in journalism.
Though she began by covering the energy sector and financial markets, Bryce’s specialty is covering economic inequality, which she addresses as the Economic Policy Editor at ThinkProgress and a frequent contributor to The New York Times and The Nation. “I've always been engaged in feminist issues, and topics that fall in the overlap between feminism and economic equality often get less attention,” she said.
Bryce has reported on gender inequality in the workplace, the wage gap, and women delaying motherhood, all pieces which have garnered national attention and resulted in appearances on national broadcast news shows to share her expertise. This year, Bryce received the Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus for an article she penned on the rise and fall of the family-friendly workplace.
“The most rewarding part of being a journalist is when you can see something you wrote about having an impact and making change,” Bryce said. “It’s pretty rare to see the direct line from something you wrote to change happening, but when I do, it affirms why I do what I do.”