Awards

2020 Category Finalists & Winners for the National Awards for Education Reporting

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Audio Storytelling

Smaller Newsroom

WINNER

Black at Mizzou: Confronting Race on Campus
Lauren Brown, Sabby Robinson, Chris Julin, Catherine Winter and Alex Baumhardt
APM Reports

FINALISTS

Covid on Campus
Sasha Aslanian, Stephen Smith and Catherine Winter
APM Reports

WFPL Series on Student Assignment and Segregation in Louisville
Jess Clark
WFPL Louisville Public Media

Larger newsroom 

WINNER

Two Schools in Marin County
Marianne McCune, Kai Wright, Christopher Werth and Karen Frillmann
WNYC Studios

FINALISTS

NPR’s 2020 College Road Trip
Elissa Nadworny and Lauren Migaki
NPR

Starting College Behind
Kate McGee and Kate Grossman
WBEZ Chicago

Beat Reporting

Small newsroom 

WINNER

Jon Marcus on the Higher Education Beat
Jon Marcus
The Hechinger Report

FINALISTS

Education in Minnesota’s Immigrant and Refugee Communities
Becky Z. Dernbach
Sahan Journal

Student Wellness and Special Education
Carolyn Jones
EdSource

 

Midsize newsroom 

WINNER

Investigating the Impact of Coronavirus on Texas’ Public Schools
Aliyya Swaby
The Texas Tribune

FINALISTS

Indiana Beat Reporting​
Stephanie Wang
Chalkbeat

Ricardo Cano’s Beat Reporting 
Ricardo Cano
CalMatters

 

Large newsroom 

WINNER

Bianca Vázquez Toness
Bianca Vázquez Toness
The Boston Globe

FINALISTS

Dana Goldstein, K-12 Schools
Dana Goldstein
The New York Times

Laura Meckler
Laura Meckler
The Washington Post

 

Features

Small newsroom 

WINNER

Inside a Preschool That Treats the Youngest Victims of the Opioid Crisis
Emily Tate
EdSurge

FINALISTS

A Border School for Asylum Seekers Goes Virtual​
Jo Napolitano
The 74

The Long Digital Divide: How Four Presidential Administrations Failed to Fix Internet Inequality Prior to the Pandemic
Kevin Mahnken
The 74  

 

Midsize newsroom 

WINNER

‘It’s Creating a New Normal’: A Navajo School District and Its Students Fight to Overcome Amid COVID-19
Anthony J. Wallace and Megan Marples
Cronkite News at Arizona State University

FINALISTS

The Broken Promise of Alexander v. Holmes
Bracey Harris
The Hechinger Report

Traveling to the African Diaspora to Prepare Black Students for College
Casey Parks
The Hechinger Report

 

Large newsroom 

WINNER

The Children in the Shadows
Samantha Shapiro
The New York Times

FINALISTS

Climate Change: Are We Ready?
Caroline Preston and Pete D’Amato
The Hechinger Report
Rebecca Klein
HuffPost

The Test of Their Lives
Laura Meckler
The Washington Post

 

Investigative Reporting

Smaller newsroom 

WINNER

Separated By Design
Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
The Connecticut Mirror

FINALISTS

DeVos on the Docket: An Investigation of America’s Most-Sued Education Secretary
Linda Jacobson
The 74

School Abuse
Ann Dornfeld, Liz Jones and Isolde Raftery
KUOW News

 

Larger newsroom 

WINNER

JCPS Pulls Troubled Kids From Schools, Outraging Parents
Mandy McLaren
The Courier Journal

FINALISTS

At College Health Centers, Students Battle Misdiagnoses and Inaccessible Care
Jenn Abelson, Nicole Dungca, Meryl Kornfield and Andrew Ban Tran
The Washington Post

Targeted
Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi
Tampa Bay Times

 

News

Small newsroom 

WINNER

A ‘Drastic Experiment’: Coronavirus and the Future of American Schooling​
Barbara Kantrowitz, Jackie Mader, Lillian Mongeau and Caroline Preston
The Hechinger Report

FINALISTS

Ed-Tech Companies Promise Results, But Their Claims Are Often Based on Shoddy Research
Sarah Butrymowicz, Tara Garcia Mathewson
The Hechinger Report

Higher Ed’s Coronavirus Woes: A Deeper Dive
Jon Marcus, Meredith Kolodner and Sarah Butrymowicz
The Hechinger Report

 

Midsize newsroom 

WINNER

Guidance From DeVos Means More Coronavirus Relief for Private Schools
Matt Barnum
Chalkbeat

FINALISTS

Michael Vasquez: Georgia Universities’ Covid Crisis​
Michael Vasquez
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Nation’s Largest School System Goes All-Remote as New York City Becomes the Epicenter of the Coronavirus
Alex Zimmerman, Christina Veiga and Reema Amin
Chalkbeat

 

Large newsroom 

WINNER

Fairfax County Schools
Hannah Natanson
The Washington Post

FINALISTS

The Pandemic and Illinois Schools: A Digital Divide, Vulnerable Students and Hidden Data
Jodi S. Cohen and Jennifer Smith Richards
Chicago Tribune
Haru Coryne
ProPublica Illinois

Trump’s Words, Bullied Kids, Scarred Schools
John Woodrow Cox, Hannah Natanson and Perry Stein
The Washington Post

 

Public Service

Smaller newsroom 

WINNER

Why Don’t We Know Podcast: Education Records
Sara Ganim, Tori Whidden, Camille Respess, Amy Fu, James Sullivan, Daniel Townsend, Gabriella Paul, Marianna Faiello and Frank LoMonte
The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida

FINALISTS

Demystifying Chicago’s Local School Councils
Staff
Chalkbeat Chicago, Block Club Chicago, DataMade

Reading Curriculum in Colorado Schools
Ann Schimke
Chalkbeat

 

Larger newsroom 

WINNER

Racism at the Virginia Military Institute
Ian Shapira
The Washington Post

FINALISTS

Equity in Boston’s High School Admissions
Meghan E. Irons, Bianca Vázquez Toness, Malcolm Gay and Sarah Carr
The Boston Globe

Tracking the Coronavirus at Colleges
The Staff of The New York Times
The New York Times

 

Visual Storytelling

Smaller newsroom 

WINNER

Becoming the Conductor
Robert Kinlaw
EducationNC

FINALISTS

Making It Work: A Day in the Life of Families Living Through a Summer Like No Other
Emmeline Zhao, JoAnne Wasserman, Taylor Swaak, Patrick O’Donnell, Bekah McNeel and Jim Fields
The 74 

Strength in Rural Places: Anchored in Hayesville
 Caroline Parker, Taylor Shain and Robert Kinlaw
EducationNC

 

Larger newsroom 

WINNER

Just for Kids: A Coronavirus Comic
Malaka Gharib and Cory Turner
NPR

FINALISTS

NBC Nightly News: Kids Edition
Staff of NBC Nightly News
NBC News

What Back to School Might Look Like in the Age of Covid-19
Dana Goldstein, Yuliya Parshina-Kottas and Aliza Aufrichtig
The New York Times