EWA Announces Winners of the 2020 National Awards for Education Reporting

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April 13, 2021 (WASHINGTON, DC)—The Education Writers Association is delighted to announce the category winners and finalists for the 2020 National Awards for Education Reporting, recognizing the top education journalism in the United States.

EWA’s panel of judges named the winning entries for 17 categories of competition and designated another 34 as finalists. The winners range from student journalists to staffers of national news organizations. 

The entries emerged during a turbulent year that presented exceptional obstacles to newsgathering. Yet the winners, finalists and other entrants persevered and delivered compelling stories in groundbreaking ways. 

“So many newsrooms and journalists went beyond the call of duty to incorporate the voices of students, parents and teachers into their stories,” observed Greg Toppo, EWA board president. “We’re proud to honor their exemplary efforts.” 

This year’s award winners and finalists exposed wrongs and spurred action in their communities. They employed innovative multimedia tools to engage their audiences in fresh ways. 

“Despite the pandemic, turmoil in the news industry, and an ongoing reckoning with racial injustice, the nation’s education reporters went above and beyond to inform their communities throughout 2020,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “Their commitment to truth-telling and excellence shines through.” 

Each category prize comes with an honorarium of $1,000. EWA typically announces the category winners at its annual National Seminar, which is taking place this year May 3-5. Given that the conference is virtual due to the COVID-19 crisis, EWA opted for an online announcement of the category prizes. 

EWA’s 2021 National Seminar will feature announcements of the winners of the annual Ronald Moskowitz Prize for Outstanding Beat Reporting, which comes with $2,500; the EGF Accelerator’s Eddie Prize, with a $7,500 award; and the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, which carries an award of $10,000. 

Category finalists were selected from among more than 350 eligible entries for the 17 categories of competition in EWA’s National Awards for Education Reporting. The awards competition was independently judged by a total of 86 current and former editors and reporters, many of whom are past recipients of prestigious journalism awards from EWA and others. EWA would like to express our deep gratitude and thanks to the busy professionals who volunteered their time to evaluate the entries.