New Directors Join EWA Board
2012-13 Slate of Board Officers Take Helm
D.C. (May 16, 2012) – The National Education Writers Association is pleased to
announce the election of a new slate of officers and the addition of two new
members to its board of directors. The new directors are Christine T. Tebbens of Grantmakers for Education and Greg Toppo of USA Today.
Stephanie Banchero will return for
her second term as president and chairman of the 13-member board, while the board’s
two vice presidents, Scott Elliott and Kent Fischer, also will start their second
terms of office. Director Scott Jaschik, who joined the board in 2010, will
assume the office of secretary. The officers’ one-year terms begin on May 17,
as do the new members’ two-year terms of office.
“Greg and Chris bring a wealth of
talent and expertise to EWA and to its mission to boost the quantity and
quality of education coverage,” Ms. Banchero said. “As both the education and
journalism landscapes undergo dramatic changes, we expect Chris and Greg to play
significant roles in helping EWA grow and expand its influence.”
Ms. Banchero, a veteran education
journalist, currently serves as national education reporter for the Wall Street
Journal. Joining her in exercising leadership of the board for 2012-13 will be:
- Scott Elliott, education reform
reporter for The Indianapolis Star, as vice president/journalists;
- Kent Fischer, vice president of GMMB, as vice
- Scott Jaschik, co-founder and editor of Inside Higher
Ed, as board secretary; and
- Dale Mezzacappa, contributing editor at the
Philadelphia Public School Notebook, as immediate past president.
New Members’s Bios
Christine Tebben is executive director of Grantmakers
for Education, a Portland, Ore.-based membership organization for private and
public philanthropies that support improved education outcomes for students
from early childhood through higher education.
Collectively, members of Grantmakers for Education invest over $2 billion each
year to improve outcomes in early learning, K-12 public schools and
after-school programs, and higher education. Tebben oversees and strengthen
organization’s activities to improve the effectiveness of education
philanthropy by helping foundation trustees, CEOs and program officers improve
their knowledge of education issues, trends and effective grantmaking
strategies. She also cultivates board leadership and develops the national
nonprofit organization’s strategy.
Greg Toppo is the national K-12 education reporter for USA Today. A
graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., he taught in both public and
private schools for eight years before moving into journalism. His first job
was with the Santa Fe New Mexican, a 50,000-circulation daily. He worked for
four years as a wire service reporter with the Associated Press, first in
Baltimore and then in Washington, D.C., where he became the AP’s national K-12
education writer. He came to USA Today in 2002 and in 2005 broke the Armstrong
Williams “pay for punditry” story that launched a widespread look at government
propaganda. Toppo also co-led the USA Today team that in 2011 looked at
educator-led cheating on standardized tests. The paper’s series prompted the
Washington, D.C., inspector general to investigate high erasure rates in D.C.
schools. Toppo was also a 2010 Spencer fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate
School of Journalism.
In addition to welcoming its new
members, Ms. Banchero, other directors, and EWA staff members expressed their
gratitude to two departing board members for their fine service to EWA: Outgoing
board secretary Kathryn Baron of Thoughts on Public Education, San Jose,
Calif.; and Cathy Grimes of The Daily Press Media Group, Newport News, Va.