2016 Finalists for the National Awards for Education Reporting

EWA is pleased to announce this year’s finalists for the 2016 EWA National Awards for Education Reporting, as well as the Edwin Gould Foundation’s Eddie Prize. 

General News Outlets, Print and Online (Small Staff)

Single-Topic News or Feature

Mississippi Child Care Crisis
The Hechinger Report
Sarah Butrymowicz and Jackie Mader

Troubled Schools on Trial
The Connecticut Mirror
Jake Kara and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Beat Reporting

Melanie Asmar

Erin Einhorn

Investigative Reporting

How a Perks Binge Sweetens the Pay of Massachusetts College Chiefs
The Eye at New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Jon Marcus

Special Needs, Troubled Schools
The Eye at New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Koby Levin, Jenifer McKim, and Gary Putka

General News Outlets, Print and Online (Medium Staff)

Single-Topic News or Feature

New Realities: TFA at 25
Education Week
Laura Baker, Sumi Banerjee, Deanna Del Ciello, and Stephen Sawchuk

Race in America’s Classrooms
Slate: Jonathan Fischer, Aymann Ismail, Andrew Kahn, Chris Kirk, Dani McClain, and Laura Moser
The Teacher Project: Sarah Carr, Miriam Hall, Jessica Huseman, Alexandria Neason, and Vanessa Romo

Beat Reporting

Jillian Berman

Tulsa World
Andrea Eger Canfield

Investigative Reporting

Expelled: No Second Chances
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Shelby Webb

Who Keeps Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Flowing to For-Profit Colleges? These Guys
Annie Waldman

General News Outlets, Print and Online (Large Staff)

Single-Topic News or Feature

The Screen Age
The Washington Post
Jessica Contrera and Caitlin Gibson

The Dallas Morning News
Holly K. Hacker and Dianne Solis

Beat Reporting

The Boston Globe
Laura Krantz

The Washington Post
Nick Anderson

Investigative Reporting

Denied: How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children Out of Special Education
Houston Chronicle
Brian M. Rosenthal

New Jersey’s Student Loan Program is ‘State-Sanctioned Loan-Sharking’
ProPublica (partnered with The New York Times)
Annie Waldman


Single-Topic News or Feature

Seeking Asylum: Young Migrants Hope to Make Oakland Their Home
KALW Public Radio
Hannah Kingsley-Ma and Liza Veale

Suspended Futures
WBUR: Peter Balonon-Rosen
St. Louis Public Radio: Brent Jones, Tim Lloyd, and Kameel Stanley

Beat Reporting

Southern California Public Radio/KPCC
Kyle Stokes

WBHM/Southern Education Desk
Dan Carsen

Investigative Reporting

Building Segregation in Chicago
Cate Cahan, Sarah Karp, and Becky Vevea

School Money
NPR: Alyson Hurt, Amy Morgan, Katie Park, Claudio Sanchez, Acacia Squires, and Cory Turner
NPR Member Stations: Paul Boger, Mississippi Public Broadcasting; Jenny Brundin, Colorado Public Radio; Kirk Carapezza, WGBH; Dan Carsen, WBHM; Beth Fertig, WNYC; Sarah Gonzalez, New Jersey Public Radio; Jennifer Guerra, Michigan Radio; Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media; Reema Khrais, WUNC; Tim Lloyd, St. Louis Public Radio; Rob Manning, OPB; Kevin McCorry, WHYY; Kate McGee, KUT; Claire McInerny, Indiana Public Broadcasting; Alexandra Olgin, KJZZ; Aaron Schrank, Wyoming Public Radio; Ana Tintocalis, KQED; Becky Vevea, WBEZ; Lisa Worf, WFAE; and Sam Zeff, KCUR
Education Week: Holly Yettick

Magazines and Weeklies

Feature Writing

Segregation and Integration in the Delta
The Hechinger Report
Emrys Eller, LynNell Hancock, and Nicole Lewis

Teen Suicide Is Contagious, and the Problem May Be Worse Than We Thought
Max Kutner

Investigative Reporting

Rewarding Failure: An Education Week Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry
Education Week
Benjamin Herold and Arianna Prothero

The New Cheating Economy
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Brad Wolverton

Data Journalism

Broken Discipline Tracking Systems Let Teachers Flee Troubled Pasts
John Kelly, Nick Penzenstadler, and Steve Reilly

Detroit Board Candidates Exposed
Bridge Magazine: Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Detroit Free Press: Jennifer Dixon, Jamie Smith, Kristi Tanner, John Wisely, and Ann Zaniewski
Fox 2 Detroit: M.L. Elrick and Patricia Montemurri
WDET Detroit Public Radio: Sascha Raiyn

How Data Proved the Importance of Texas Financial Aid Program
The Dallas Morning News
Ariana Giorgi, Lauren McGaughy, and J. David McSwane

Opinion Writing

The Mariachi Superintendent: A Signal of Hope for Hispanics and America
Houston Press
Rolando Rodriguez

Opinions/Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Maureen Downey

The Edwin Gould Foundation Eddie Award

Education’s Broken Promise to Native Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Kelly Field

The Road Not Taken
Krissy Clark, Gina Delvac, Caitlin Esch, Nancy Farghalli, Sitara Nieves, Amy Scott, and Betsy Streisand

What It Takes: Chasing Graduation at High-Poverty High Schools
APM Reports
Emily Hanford