EWA Announces New Class of Reporting Fellows

EWA Reporting Fellowship

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its seventh class of EWA Reporting Fellows as part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to support enterprising journalism projects.

“We were thrilled to receive many strong proposals for in-depth reporting projects, including from outlets focused on local news,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “We are proud of the outstanding coverage that EWA’s fellowship program has supported to date, and we’re confident that this new round will prove equally excellent.” 

Nine applications were selected in this round. Each EWA Reporting Fellowship provides up to $8,000 to help cover reporting costs, plus other assistance.

The newest class of EWA Reporting Fellows represents a diverse mix of news outlets. The projects are expected to be published during the 2019-20 academic year.

Meet the Fellows:

Craig Harris
The Arizona Republic

A deep dive into charter school regulation nationally, along with an examination of how the controversial EB-5 visa program has allowed foreign nationals to enter the U.S. by investing in charter schools in Arizona and across the country.


Lori Higgins and Patrick Wall

How are students in Detroit and Newark, N.J., navigating life after high school, from postsecondary education to entering the workforce. What lessons can be learned from examining the challenges facing youths in these two cities?

Amy Kolb Noyes
Vermont Public Radio

A series on innovation in the higher education business model at Vermont’s small colleges, many of which are struggling to stay afloat.

Mila Koumpilova
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

An exploration of the University of Minnesota’s growing push to make recruiting and fundraising inroads on international student recruiting, and how those efforts jibe with the mission of the state’s flagship public postsecondary institution.

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

A close look at the effectiveness of the Detroit Promise Path, which aims to offer a way for more students to afford college as well as improve completion rates. 


Liana Loewus and Sarah Schwartz
Education Week

Marking the 20th anniversary of the National Reading Panel’s landmark report on reading instruction, an examination of the current instructional landscape, findings from recent research, and approaches to reading instruction being taught to would-be classroom teachers in education schools.

Cory McCoy
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, Texas)

A series on the results of Tyler Junior College’s Rusk Promise program: It is the first such program in Texas, and among the first in the nation, to have graduated students.

Kate McGee
WBEZ (Chicago)

An examination of the developmental education program at Chicago’s City Colleges system and how well it’s helping students compared with other programs across the country.

Mandy McLaren
Courier Journal (Louisville)

Why is Louisville’s population of disconnected youth — ages 16 to 24 — on the rise, and what are the consequences for the community?