Amy Herdy

Photo by Kendall Nelson, 2016

Amy Herdy is a documentary film producer who has specialized in social justice issues for more than twenty years.

Ms. Herdy began her career in television news in Kentucky and Florida, where she also worked as a crime reporter at The St. Petersburg Times for seven years. In 2002, she came to The Denver Post as an investigative criminal justice reporter.  An investigative series she co-authored in 2003 at The Post, “Betrayal in the Ranks,” outlined how the military mishandles cases of sexual assault and domestic violence. The series spurred Congressional reforms and was a top-ten Pulitzer finalist in 2004.

After the Post Ms. Herdy worked as an investigative producer at KUSA-TV, where her interview with Ted Haggard created a firestorm when he unexpectedly confessed to buying meth from a gay male escort.

During her career Ms. Herdy has won awards for her work in journalism, including the George Polk Award for Medical Reporting in 2019, a DuPont Award in 2019; National Institute for Healthcare Management Finalist for Television and Radio Journalism Award 2019; an Emmy for  an investigative television series she produced on the misconduct of public officials; Society of Professional Journalists awards; a Radio, Television News Directors Association award; an Associated Press award; two American Society of Newspaper Editors awards and a Military Reporters & Editors award.

Her professional engagements include, “Covering Campus Sexual Assault” in New York City in March 2017 and February 2016 for the College Media Association and also in Washington, D.C. in October 2016 for the National Collegiate Press; “Investigative Journalism” in Dhaka, Bangladesh in September 2011 for the U.S. State Department; “The Art of the Interview” for Investigative Reporters and Editors, Denver, July 2010; “The Art of the Interview” and “Journalism and Trauma” in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan in May 2009 for the U.S. State Department; “The Art of the Interview” and “Journalism & Trauma” at Bahria University and the National University of Foreign Languages in Islamabad, Pakistan in November, 2008; “Covering Violence and Teaching Emotional Injury” in March 2007 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman for the Dart Center; a 2005 plenary for the National Center for Victims of Crime conference in Washington, D.C.; a panel for the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Denver, Colo.; and a 2004 plenary for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in New Orleans.

A 2015 TEDx talk by Ms. Herdy entitled, “Have You Ever Met a Monster?” that was based on her coverage of the Brent Brents’ case and how it affected her life has garnered nearly a million views.

Now a producer for Chain Camera Pictures, Emmy-award winning and Academy-award nominated filmmakers, Ms. Herdy lives with her husband and a variety of animals on a farm on an island off the coast of Washington state.