EWA Announces New Reporting Fellows

EWA Reporting Fellowship

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its sixth class of EWA Reporting Fellows as part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to support enterprising journalism projects on education.

“From investigative reporting to deep data dives to long-form narratives, our new fellows reflect a diverse range of topics and approaches,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “We are delighted to be able to support such ambitious and timely education journalism.”

Ten applications were selected. Each EWA Reporting Fellowship provides up to $8,000 to help cover reporting costs, plus other assistance. The projects are expected to be published during the 2018-19 academic year.

Meet the Fellows:

Stephanie Daniel
KUNC (Community Radio for Northern Colorado)

The Colorado Department of Higher Education wants 66 percent of residents to have a postsecondary degree by 2025. Is this goal achievable?


Stephen Sawchuk and Debra Viadero
Education Week

What is the current national landscape of requirements, practices, and results of civics education today, and how might best practices be scaled up to reach more students?

Ben Felder
The Oklahoman

The impact of higher education programs in prisons, challenges for recently released inmates looking to complete a degree program, and models that could be considered in Oklahoma.

Lee Gaines
Illinois Newsroom

How and why are currently and formerly incarcerated people denied access to the Illinois higher education system, and what does that mean for their future?

Joseph Hong
The Desert Sun

A close look at the Juvenile Probation Department in Riverside, Calif., specifically its Youth Accountability Team, and how its policies and practices factor into the school-to-prison pipeline.

Suevon Lee
Honolulu Civil Beat

What are the repercussions of Hawaii’s struggle to recruit and retain high-quality teachers, especially in low-income communities?

Kevin Mahnken
The 74

A look at the state of U.S. civic knowledge and engagement, going inside the Democracy Prep charter network’s efforts to prepare students for citizenship.


Keila Szpaller and Cameron Evans
The Missoulian

Given the hurdles facing Montana high school students, how can the state hit its goal to increase the number of adults who have postsecondary credentials from 44 percent to 60 percent by 2025?

David Washburn

The factors that contribute to chronic absenteeism in the California’s rural areas, with profiles of families affected by it and those searching for solutions.