Bonnie Riechert was born May 28, 1951, in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate in journalism and social psychology of the University of Georgia. In 1982, she received a master's degree in journalism, also from the University of Georgia.
She was appointed to the University of Tennessee staff in 1982 and became coordinator of communications for the agricultural experiment station in 1985.
Previous professional positions include agricultural science writer and news editor at the University of Georgia, 1978 to 1982; state news editor, the Athens Daily News, Athens, Georgia, 1974-76; and news editor, the Eufaula Tribune, Eufaula, Alabama, 1971-73. In 1984, she received the ACE Pioneer Award, and in 1986, she received the ACE Award of Excellence.
In addition to ACE, Reichert is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, the International Communication Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.