EWA Announces New Class of Reporting Fellows

EWA Reporting Fellowship

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its eighth class of EWA Reporting Fellows as part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to support ambitious journalism projects that inform the public on important issues in education.

“Enterprising coverage of education by independent journalists has never been more important, and EWA is proud to play a role in supporting their work,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “We are delighted to help make possible in-depth reporting by our members.” 

Eight 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:

Cassidy Alexander
Daytona Beach News-Journal

For five years, Volusia County Schools didn’t have math or reading textbooks for elementary teachers and students. How did that period of time shape what happens in the classroom, and why has the county decided to rethink its reliance on digital resources?


Sami Edge, Idaho Education News
Nicole Foy, Idaho Statesman

Idaho Education News and the Idaho Statesman team up to investigate a persistent achievement gap between Idaho’s white and Latino students, engage the community, and explore solutions for improving outcomes.


Sara Gregory and Ryan Murphy
The Virginian Pilot

The city of Norfolk struggles with longstanding inequities in areas like housing, employment, safety and health. How are those challenges manifest in the public schools?

David Jesse
The Detroit Free Press

In rural Michigan, where poverty and lack of access to higher education hinders economic mobility, community colleges are touting one-year certificates as an affordable way to better economic conditions. Do they work?

Liliana Lopez-Ruelas
The Arizona Star

The Arizona Daily Star/La Estrella de Tucsón aims to create stories and a resource guide, available in English and Spanish, to help Latinx families in Southern Arizona more easily access college and career technical education. The media outlet will also host a WhatsApp channel about Latinx students.

Megan Pauly

Richmond Public Schools is piloting a new math program as part of the district’s five-year effort to ramp up rigor in the classroom. How do curriculum and content initiatives impact students’ understanding and mastery of core subject material?

Camille Phillips
Texas Public Radio

In a city that is 64% Hispanic, less than 17% of Latinos have a bachelor’s degree. What are the barriers preventing more Latinos from earning degrees in San Antonio, and what is being done to reduce those barriers?

Devi Shastri
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Experts forecast a continued nationwide decline in postsecondary enrollment. What will fewer students mean for Wisconsin universities and colleges, and what are some possible solutions to mitigate the fiscal impact?