Judges for the 2020 National Awards for Education Reporting

The Education Writers Association would like to express our deep gratitude and thanks to the busy professionals who volunteered their time to evaluate the entries.

This group of current and former journalists spent long hours carefully evaluating their assigned subsets of the 374 entries for the 2020 National Awards for Education Reporting and the Eddie Prize. (EWA judges were recused from entries that posed conflicts of interests.)

Many of our veteran judges told us 2020 was a challenging year and journalists met  the difficult task with grit and compassion. They said they were moved to see how, despite the rapid changes in the journalism industry and the obstacles from the pandemic, journalists are still producing top-notch, impactful pieces that reveal important truths about our nation’s education system.  

Jenny Abamu, former WAMU reporter

Larry Abramson, The University of Montana

Eva-Marie Ayala, The Dallas Morning News

Bethany Barnes, Tampa Bay Times 

Jillian Berman, Marketwatch

Dan Berrett,  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Lauren Camera, U.S. News & World Report 

Alvin Chang​, The Guardian

Timothy Chipp, Abilene Reporter-News

Rose Ciotta, EdSource

John Woodrow Cox, The Washington Post

Trish Crain,

Martha Dalton, WABE 

Stephanie Daniel, KUNC

Julie Deardorff, Northwestern University

Cheryl Devall, Freelance

Nichole Dobo, The Hechinger Report

Margaret Downing, The Houston Press

Erin Einhorn, NBC News

Ron Feemster, Florida SouthWestern State College 

Ben Felder, The Frontier

Maritza Felix, Freelance

Emmanuel Felton, BuzzFeed News 

Deirdre Fernandes, The Boston Globe

Kent Fischer, National Center for Teacher Residencies

Ron French, Bridge Magazine

Lee Gaines, Illinois Public Media

Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado

Larry Gordon, EdSource 

Joe Grimm, Michigan State University School of Journalism

Cornelia Grumman, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Reeve Hamilton, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Beth Hawkins, The 74

Sara Hebel, Open Campus

John Hechinger, Bloomberg News 

Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit

Mark Horvit, University of Missouri School of Journalism

Laura Isensee, Freelance

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

David Jesse, Detroit Free Press 

David Kidwell, Better Gov

Rebecca Klein, Freelance

Mila Koumpilova, Chalkbeat Chicago

Matt Krupnick, Freelance

Katherine Lewis, Freelance

Celia Llopis-Jepsen, KCUR and Kansas News Service 

Annie Ma, Associated Press

Rob Manning, Oregon Public Broadcasting 

Kate McGee, The Texas Tribune

Claire McInerny, KUT News

Dale Mezzacappa, Chalkbeat Philadelphia

Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ

Robert Moore, El Paso Matters 

Kaitlin Mulhere, Money

Anita Narayan, U.S. News & World Report

Mary Niederberger, Freelance

Patrick O’Donnell, The 74

Denise-Marie Ordway, Journalist’s Resource

Justin Pope, Longwood University 

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, The Connecticut Mirror

Diane Rado, Florida Phoenix

Sascha Raiyn, WDET 

Mónica Rhor, Chalkbeat

Alan Richard, Southern Regional Education Board 

Dana Roberson, PBS Newshour

Gail Robinson, Freelance

Brian M. Rosenthal, The New York Times 

Jennifer Ruark, The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Gabrielle Russon, Orlando Sentinel 

Bob Sacha, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY 

Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica Illinois

Claudio Sanchez, NPR (retired)

Linda Shaw, Solutions Journalism Network 

Kayleigh Skinner, Mississippi Today

Sara Solovitch, Searchlight New Mexico 

Eric Stirgus, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Ki Sung, MindShift

Aliyya Swaby, ProPublica 

Melissa Tabaoda, Freelance

Kenneth Terrell, AARP

Greg Toppo, Author/Journalist

Peg Tyre, EGF Accelerator 

Marlon A. Walker, Clarion Ledger

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat Newark

Bradley Wilson, National Journalism Education Association

Denise Zapata, EdSource

Bill Zeeble, KERA 

Emmeline Zhao, The 74