Adrienne Berard

Research Communications Specialist

Phone: 757-221-1925
Email: [[amberard]]
Duties: A member of the Research Communications Group, led by Joseph McClain. Serves as a writer for the William & Mary News website, including general assignment and beat coverage.
Beat: Anthropology, Applied Science, Biology, CAMS, Center for Archaeological Research, Center for Conservation Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science/Keck Lab, Geology, Jefferson Lab/Fermi Lab liaison, Kinesiology & Health Sciences, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychological Sciences, and graduate programs in Arts & Sciences.

About Adrienne

Adrienne Berard began her career as a journalist in the third grade after a screening of “Harriet the Spy.” She bought a raincoat, a composition notebook and the rest is history. Throughout her career she has worked in newspapers, magazines, television and digital media. 

Her first full-length book “Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South” was published in 2016 and won the J. Anthony Lukas "Work in Progress" Award for narrative journalism.

She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has served as the Writer-in-Residence at Delta State University in Mississippi. She began her career as a beat reporter for her hometown paper in Northampton, Mass., and recently served as managing editor of the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. 

She and her husband, Jesse, live on a sheep farm in Norge with an energetic corgi named Clover.