About Bill Rickards

A Philadelphia suburb native, Bill graduated from Temple University in 2016 with a degree in journalism. During his time as an undergraduate, Bill covered Philadelphia’s city council and a range of issues like civil asset forfeiture and soda taxes for both the student newspaper and his personal blog. Bill began his career by interning and briefly working for the Tax Foundation in Washington D.C. during the last stretch of the 2016 election before moving back to Philadelphia. Drawn to FIRE by his passion for journalism and media, Bill is a certified news junkie. He can be found on weekends in one of Philly’s many concert venues.


  • FIRE in The Washington Times: What students, administrators should know about free speech on campus, October 26, 2017

  • Georgetown University adopts ‘Chicago Statement’, June 15, 2017

  • FIRE welcomes Zoe Kuenstler back to staff, June 9, 2017

  • FIRE welcomes legal intern Kendall Burchard, June 8, 2017

  • FIRE welcomes new legal intern Isaac Smith, May 31, 2017

  • FIRE welcomes new legal intern Lyndsey Wajert, May 30, 2017

  • ‘New Voices’ legislation moves to governor’s desk in Vermont, May 8, 2017

  • Leadership roundup: How college leaders are answering questions about free speech, April 25, 2017

  • Franklin & Marshall students set example handling controversial speaker, March 14, 2017

  • Articles

  • Student Press Law Center, September 27, 2017, Free speech organizations urge court to reverse decision in University of South Carolina lawsuit

  • Buzzfeed, September 22, 2017, Can They Get Along?

  • The Oklahoman, September 15, 2017, DeVos on right track with Title IX guideline changes

  • The Boston Globe, September 15, 2017, Why are some feminists siding with Trump on sexual assault policy?

  • Inside Higher Ed, September 13, 2017, A Total Prohibition

  • Forbes, September 11, 2017, Betsy DeVos Has A Radical Idea: Hear Both Sides Of A Story

  • National Review, September 8, 2017, DeVos Moves to Rein in the Campus Kangaroo Courts

  • Politico, September 7, 2017, DeVos to scrap Obama-era school sexual assault policy

  • CNN, September 7, 2017, DeVos announces review of Obama-era sexual assault guidance

  • NBC News, September 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos to Overhaul Obama-Era Title IX Guidance on Campus Sex Assault