Awards

2021 Finalists for the National Awards for Education Reporting
Discover in-depth reporting from journalists selected as finalists in each category.

Audio Storytelling

Smaller Newsroom

Sasha Aslanian & Alisa Roth
APM Reports
Under Pressure: Inside the College Mental Health Crisis

Lee V. Gaines
Illinois Public Media

A Debate Over Defunding the Campus Police Takes Root at the University of Illinois

Kyra Miles
WBHM

LGBTQ Students Find Hope in New Affirming School: The Magic City Acceptance Academy

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Larger newsroom 

Sasha Aslanian, Catherine Winter, Karin Fischer & Jennifer Ruark
APM Reports, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Fading Beacon: Why America Is Losing International Students

NBC News staff
NBC News Digital

Southlake

Ki Sung, Jessica Placzek, Nimah Gobir & Seth Samuel
KQED

Grades Have Huge Impact, But Are They Effective?

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Beat Reporting

Small newsroom 

Linda Jacobson
The 74

Covering American Education’s Most Turbulent Year

Asher Lehrer-Small
The 74

ELLs’ Absenteeism, Blue State/Red State Learning Divides, TA to BA and More

Jon Marcus
The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus: Higher Education Beat Coverage

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Midsize newsroom 

Mila Koumpilova
Chalkbeat Chicago

Mila Koumpilova: Beat Reporting

Olivia Krauth 
The Courier Journal

Olivia Krauth: Beat Reporting

Kate McGee
The Texas Tribune

Higher Education in Texas

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Large newsroom

Dana Goldstein 
The New York Times

How the Pandemic Has Affected Students, Teachers and Families

Erica L. Green
The New York Times

How the Nation’s Troubles Affected Education

Talia Richman
The Dallas Morning News

Talia Richman: Beat Reporting

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Features

Small newsroom 

Max Kutner
Los Angeles Magazine

How L.A.’s Brentwood School Became a Battleground in the Culture Wars

Caroline Preston
The Hechinger Report

The Jobs Where Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Never Stopped

Charlotte West & Monica Braine
The Hechinger Report

How Native Students Navigated the Pandemic

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Midsize newsroom 

Trisha Powell Crain & Amanda Khorramabadi
AL.com, Reckon South
Alabama High Flyers

Rita Omokha
The Hechinger Report, Vanity Fair

The Orphans Covid Left Behind

Patrick Wall, Stephanie Wang, Sarah Darville, Kalyn Belsha, Alex Zimmerman, Lori Higgins & Melanie Asmar 
Chalkbeat

Covid Shutdowns: One Year Later

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Large newsroom 

Mike Hixenbaugh & Antonia Hylton
NBC News Digital

The Critical Race Theory Battle in Southlake’s Schools

Hannah Natanson
The Washington Post

Race in the Classroom

Casey Parks 
The New York Times Magazine

The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools

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Investigative Reporting

Smaller newsroom 

Morgan Matzen
Argus Leader

South Dakota Social Studies Standards Series

Samantha Smylie
Chalkbeat Chicago

How Chicago Fell Behind Serving Students With Disabilities

Jack Stripling
The Chronicle of Higher Education

‘The Biggest Mess’

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Larger newsroom 

Hannah Dreyfus
ProPublica

“The Liberty Way”

Kenny Jacoby
USA TODAY

Six Women Reported a Louisiana College Student for Sexual Misconduct. No One Connected the Dots.

Mandy McLaren 
Louisville Courier-Journal

Magnetic Pull: How Louisville Sacrifices Poor Schools to Ensure Its Elite Magnet Programs Thrive

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News

Small newsroom 

Rebecca Koenig & Emily Tate
EdSurge

How China’s New Education Policy Affects Teachers, Parents and Students Around the World

Jackie Mader, Kavitha Cardoza & Kate Rix
The Hechinger Report

The Trauma Epidemic

Neal Morton
The Hechinger Report

A Year in the Life of a Small-Town Superintendent Shows the Federal Bailout Won’t Be Enough

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Midsize newsroom 

Nuria Martinez-Keel & Josh Dulaney 
The Oklahoman

Ninnekah Schools Abuse Scandal

Ileana Najarro, Holly Peele, Eesha Pendharkar, Maya Riser-Kositsky, Stephen Sawchuk, Sarah Schwartz, Kaylee Domzalski & Brooke Saias
Education Week

A Year After George Floyd

Jack Stripling
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Tenure Case of Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Large newsroom 

Emily Donaldson, Talia Richman, Corbett Smith, Eva-Marie Ayala & Allie Morris
The Education Lab at The Dallas Morning News

Texas Public Schools and Censorship

Anya Kamenetz, Steve Drummond & Lauren Migaki 
NPR
School Board Front Lines

Erin Richards, Alia Wong & Jack Gruber
USA TODAY

School Reopening Coverage

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Public Service

Smaller newsroom

Alex Baumhardt, Will Craft, Sabby Robinson, Will Callan, Chris Julin, Catherine Winter, Andy Kruse & Dave Mann
APM Reports

Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

Eric Hoover
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Most Onerous Form in College Admissions

Janine Zeitlin
Naples Daily News / The News-Press/ USA TODAY Network-Florida

How the Pandemic Magnified Inequities for Florida’s Migrant Students

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Larger newsroom

Sarah Butrymowicz, Meredith Kolodner & Jon Marcus 
The Hechinger Report 

Hidden Debt Trap

Laura Bauer & Judy L. Thomas
The Kansas City Star

Unlicensed and Under the Radar

News staffs 
Big Local News, EdSource, The New York Times

The School Enrollment Project

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Visual Storytelling

Smaller newsroom 

Justin Allen & Daniel J. Willis
EdSource

Following Covid Money in Education

Alec Fischer
Fischr Media

Teachers Share Their Experiences Working During the Pandemic: Covid Confessions

Yuxuan Xie & Daniel J. Willis 
EdSource

Tracking learning modes of California students

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Larger newsroom 

Kevin Armstrong & Amr Alfiky
The New York Times

“No Shortcuts” on 40-Mile Rite of Passage

GBH News Staff
GBH News

COVID and the Classroom

Anya Kamenetz, LA Johnson & Steve Drummond
NPR

The History of Vaccine Mandates

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