My name is Sherri Richards and I’ve been a reporter at The Forum since 2002. In 2008, my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Eve, to the world, and promptly saw our lives and priorities change forever. A favorite quote sums it up: “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone. We have since welcomed our second child, a boy named Owen, born in August 2011.
Since becoming pregnant, I’ve shared my thoughts on motherhood and all it encompasses through writing, including parenting and family articles, a monthly column (I’m one of five Parenting Perspectives contributors) and this blog. In addition to parenting, I have a passion for personal finance. My goal as a journalist is to educate, inspire and entertain people on these two topics, which affect such broad and interconnected swaths of our lives.
My background: The youngest of four kids spread 19 years apart, I grew up on a farm outside Hope, N.D., an upbringing that nurtured a love of reading and barn cats. I graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a major in mass communication in 2002. I’ve spent most of my professional career at The Forum, writing about topics such as health, home, religion, city government, business and family. My resume also includes an internship at The Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune and a brief stint with the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer. In addition to the oft-mentioned Eve and Owen, my family includes accountant-husband Craig, Willow the Cockapoo and Bad Kitty (who wears a spiked collar). We make our messy home in south Fargo.