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’s Azhar Majeed urges free speech advocates to look ‘Beyond the Narratives’ in University of Missouri law journal, June 1, 2018

  • By censoring art, University of Southern Maine misses an opportunity, May 11, 2018

  • Association of American Universities endorses free speech statement, April 20, 2018

  • In new survey, college presidents say they support free speech, but FIRE wants action, April 13, 2018

  • ‘On Liberty’ comes to life, April 11, 2018

  • Hannibal Buress has his mic cut off at Loyola University Chicago, March 20, 2018

  • UPDATE: After Florida school shooting, ‘Worst Colleges for Free Speech’ promising high schoolers a right to protest, March 14, 2018

  • FIRE article in Quillette pushes back on the claim that “hate speech” causes violence, January 24, 2018

  • FIRE article in The Chronicle of Higher Education proposes fixes for FERPA, January 15, 2018

  • FIRE’s Zach Greenberg and Adam Goldstein publish legal scholarship on fixing FERPA abuse, December 12, 2017

  • Articles

  • National Review, June 27, 2018, Southeastern Louisiana University: Students Have Free-Speech Rights for Only Two Hours Per Week

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 21, 2018, A Conference’s Recipe for ‘Viewpoint Diversity’: More Free Play, More John Stuart Mill

  • The Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2018, A Movement Rises to Take Back Higher Education

  • The Kansas City Star, June 15, 2018, Free to speak freely; colleges protecting faculty speech on campus and off

  • The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2018, More Misery in Missouri

  • LA Times, June 14, 2018, Four campus free speech problems solved

  • Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2018, Students Want Due Process — With Limited Rights in Sexual Misconduct Cases

  • Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2018, Fraternity Members Suspended for Racist, Homophobic Video

  • Daily Mail, June 8, 2018, Alabama university bans ‘harsh text messages’ and ‘rumors’ in new anti-cyber bullying policy that gets ‘red light’ worst possible rating from campus free-speech support group

  • The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2018, I’m Running to Restore Yale Values