Blog: The Educated Reporter


Did you know there are competitive middle school Scrabble teams? I didn’t either, but now I do, thanks to Stefan Fatsis.Stefan is a sports journalist whose book about competitive Scrabble, Word Freak, is marvelously engaging, and he coaches school Scrabble in D.C. I’m going to help him when the school year starts up again, and I couldn’t be more excited. This is the longest stretch of my life I haven’t done some sort of work directly with (other people’s) children, and while my current volunteer work as a cooking school assistant is gustatorially rewarding, I am excited to get back into that other type of school.

Does a school you cover have a Scrabble team? Not that I am totally biased or anything—but I think that might make a nice feature story.