Diana Rickert is the vice president of the Liberty Justice Center. She is a former journalist and seasoned communications professional who oversees and executes the Liberty Justice Center’s national public affairs and media strategy. Prior to joining the Liberty Justice Center, Rickert built and led the Illinois Policy Institute’s robust communications and earned media shop. In her seven years at the Institute, Rickert established deep relationships with Illinois and national media. Since 2013, Rickert has been a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune opinion page. Before joining the world of public policy and public interest litigation, Rickert was an award-winning journalist who worked for daily newspapers for nine years. Rickert has worked for suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Associated Press, among other news organizations. During college, Rickert started a conservative newspaper that won many journalism awards.