Sydney Freedberg graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in history and literature. She also began her journalism career at Harvard, as associate managing editor of the Crimson. She completed her graduate studies at Stanford University. In 1976, she joined the Staten Island Advance
as a reporter and night city editor. She moved to the Detroit News
as a reporter in 1980, then to the Miami Herald
in 1983. For 16 months she worked for the Wall Street Journal's Miami bureau before returning to the Herald in 1988. She joined the St. Petersburg Times
in 1998 and does a variety of investigative and enterprise reporting. She has won three Pulitzer Prizes and her work has been honored by UPI, AP, SDX, FSNE and SPJ, among others.