2017 Finalists for Reporting Awards

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EWA is pleased to announce this year’s finalists for the 2017 EWA National Awards for Education Reporting, as well as the Edwin Gould Foundation’s Eddie Prize. 

(All category finalists are listed alphabetically by title.)

General News Outlets, Print and Online (Small Staff)

Single-Topic News or Feature

“I Am a Black Girl and…”
Jeffrey Benzing, Mary Niederberger

The Portfolio Model
Matt Barnum, Dylan Peers McCoy, Laura Kebede

Seclusion Rooms in Oklahoma Schools
Oklahoma Watch
Jennifer Palmer

Beat Reporting

The American Prospect
Rachel M. Cohen

Chalkbeat Detroit
Erin Einhorn

The Hechinger Report
Tara García Mathewson

Investigative Reporting

The Broken Promise of Indiana’s Online Schools
Shaina Cavazos

Empty Schools, Empty Promises
The Chicago Reporter
Kalyn Belsha

The Graduates
Better Government Association
David Kidwell

General News Outlets, Print and Online (Medium Staff)

Single-Topic News or Feature

Benefit of the Doubt’: Evading Allegations of Educator Sexual Misconduct
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Bethany Barnes

Learning About Civil Rights History in Mississippi
The Hechinger Report
Sierra Mannie

Massive Endowment at University of Texas Offers Little for Student Aid
The Texas Tribune
Neena Satija
Matthew Watkins

Too Young?
The Fresno Bee
Mackenzie Mays

Beat Reporting

The Oregonian/OregonLive
Bethany Barnes

The Palm Beach Post
Andrew Marra

The Texas Tribune
Aliyya Swaby

Investigative Reporting

Counted Out
The News and Observer/The Charlotte Observer
Joseph Neff, Ann Doss Helms, and David Raynor

The Fall of Forrest Claypool as Chicago’s Schools Chief
The Chicago Sun-Times
Lauren FitzPatrick and Dan Mihalopoulos

Hartford Schools: More Separate, Still Unequal
The Hartford Courant
Vanessa de la Torre, Matthew Kauffman, Kathleen Megan, and Patrick Raycraft

General News Outlets, Print and Online (Large Staff)

Single-Topic News or Feature

Children and Gun Violence
The Washington Post
John Woodrow Cox

Mr. Wilson’s Second Act
The San Francisco Chronicle
Jill Tucker

The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones
The Marshall Project
Eli Hager

Beat Reporting

The Boston Globe
Deirdre Fernandes

Buzzfeed News
Tyler Kingkade

The Wall Street Journal
Melissa Korn

Investigative Reporting

Coaches’ Use of Homeless Athletes Draws Scrutiny
The Seattle Times
Claudia Rowe

Education Disrupted
The New York Times
Natasha Singer and Danielle Ivory

The Failure Track
ProPublica, The Teacher Project
Heather Vogell, Hannah Fresques, Sarah Carr, Francesca Berardi, Zoe Kirsh, Stephen Smiley, Al Shaw, and Olga Pierce


Single-Topic News or Feature

Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids with Dyslexia
APM Reports, American Public Media
Emily Hanford

Last Chance High
Brent Renaud and Craig Renaud

Naked Truth: Undocumented on Campus
Justine Gubar, Keith Summa, Mark Lima, Joanna Suarez, Suzette Laboy, Jackie Cruz, Sam Dubin, Adrian Saravia, Roderick Avila, John Michie, Darwin K. Phillips, and Julia Soto

View From Room 205
WBEZ – Chicago Public Media
Linda Lutton, Marianne McCune, Cate Cahan, Joe DeCeault, and Ben Calhoun

Beat Reporting

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Julia Schmalz

Colorado Public Radio
Jenny Brundin

Bill Zeeble

Investigative Reporting

Arrested at School
NBC Bay Area
Bigad Shaban, Michael Bott, Mark Villarreal, Michael Horn, Rachel Witte, Jeremy Carroll, Felipe Escamilla, Stephanie Adrouny, Bob Goldberger, Scott Pham, Nelson Hsu, and Ron Campbell

Chemawa Indian School, An OPB Investigation
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Rob Manning and Tony Schick

CPS Secretly Overhauled Special Education at Students’ Expense
WBEZ Chicago
Sarah Karp and Kate Grossman

What Really Happened at Ballou High School
Kate McGee and Acacia Squires

Magazines and Weeklies

Feature Writing

Heavens to Betsy
Mother Jones
Kristina Rizga

The Long, Difficult Journey to College
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Eric Hoover

An Underground College for Undocumented Immigrants
The New Yorker
Jonathan Blitzer

Investigative Reporting

Inside the Scramble to Save Ashford University
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Michael Vasquez

The Secession Movement in Education
The Hechinger Report
Emmanuel Felton

“What Am I Paying For?”
ESPN The Magazine
Peter Keating and Christopher A. Buckle

Data Journalism

“Are College Prep Classes Failing to Prepare Kids?”
Chicago Tribune
Diane Rado

The Invisible Hazard Afflicting Thousands of Schools
Center for Public Integrity

Reveal for The Center for Investigative Reporting
Jamie Smith Hopkins, Chris Zubak-Skees, Eric Sagara, Fernanda Camarena, Amy Walters, and Ike Sriskandarajah

Underqualified and Inexperienced: Arizona’s Teacher Crisis
The Arizona Republic
Ricardo Cano

Opinion Writing

Challenges and Opportunities for Education Journalism
The Grade
Alexander Russo

Let’s Waste College on the Old
Washington Monthly
Paul Glastris

Parents Talk Back
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Aisha Sultan

The Edwin Gould Foundation Eddie Award

The College Try
The California Sunday Magazine
Ashley Powers

The Long, Difficult Journey to College 
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Eric Hoover 

Shadow Class: College Dreamers in Trump’s America
APM Reports
Sasha Aslanian, Catherine Winter, Emily Hanford, and Stephen Smith