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 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

  • 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

  • Articles

  • Tampa Bay Times, February 21, 2018, Polk State College deems explicit anti-Trump art “too controversial” for campus display

  • Michigan Live, February 20, 2018, Michigan college one of worst in America for free speech, FIRE rankings say

  • The Seattle Times, February 14, 2018, 1st Amendment group gives Evergreen State College low marks for free speech

  • Inside Higher Ed, February 13, 2018, When One Student Acts Out, All Could Be Punished

  • WOAI-TV, February 12, 2018, Report: Texas State University one of the worst US colleges for free speech

  • The Washington Times, February 12, 2018, Harvard, Berkeley rank among 10 worst schools for free speech

  • The Washington Times, February 9, 2018, Harvard, Berkeley rank among 10 worst schools for free speech

  • Fox News, February 6, 2018, Harvard imposes ‘black list’ on male clubs, women’s groups may get grace period to become ‘gender-focused’

  • The Atlantic, February 6, 2018, A new leader in the push for diversity of thought on campus

  • The Omaha World-Herald, February 4, 2018, Editorial: Responsible leadership needed on NU free speech issue