Eileen Rivers is a digital content editor for USA TODAY’s Editorial Page for which she writes, develops and edits online interactive content. She won an Emmy for her recent “Re-entry Project” during which she headed a team of journalists who visited prisons across the country to tell the stories of repeat offenders. Her goal in developing, editing and publishing the project was to get the stories behind America’s recidivism numbers and figure out what’s lacking for prisoners in the U.S., a country with one of the highest repeat offender rates in the world.
She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering government, crime, incarceration and the military. Before becoming an editor at USA TODAY, Eileen was a copy editor at The Washington Post and wrote for the Post’s Real Estate, Metro and Arts sections.
Eileen was an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army and served in Kuwait after the Gulf War. She was also a Spanish linguist and served on intelligence collection missions in Central and South America.
BEYOND THE CALL (Da Capo/Hachette, November 2018), her first book, focuses on the work of three women who served on female engagement teams during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A native Marylander, she lives in a suburb near D.C., and has two incredibly stubborn (but sweet) cats.