Can Schools Make the American Dream Real for Kids?
Single-Topic News or Feature: Broadcast

About the Entry

Public radio reporter Linda Lutton spends a year with a fourth-grade class in Chicago trying to answer a question: Can a public school overcome the challenges faced by children growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods?

Entry Credit

  • Linda Lutton, Reporter, WBEZ – Chicago Public Media
  • Marianne McCune, Editor
  • Cate Cahan, Editor, WBEZ – Chicago Public Media
  • Joe DeCeault, Producer, WBEZ – Chicago Public Media
  • Ben Calhoun, Executive Producer, WBEZ – Chicago Public Media

Comments from the Judges

“Many times, reporters spend a year in a school but without any clear question that they’re there to answer. This documentary shows the benefit of going in with a mission and structuring the reporting around it.”

“Incredible reporting by Linda Lutton. I applaud her for gaining deep access to the kids and their families and the educators. Kudos for the story structure and making the point about what makes news.”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2018 National Awards for Education Reporting.