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Investigative Reporting: General News Outlets, Print and Online

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About the Entry

In a joint investigation, the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer looked at how — and why — thousands of qualified North Carolina students from low-income families were kept out of advanced classes.

Entry Credit

  • Joseph Neff, Investigative Reporter, The News & Observer
  • Ann Doss Helms, Education Reporter, The Charlotte Observer
  • David Raynor, Database Editor, The News & Observer

Comments from the Judges

“Great use of data to tell an important story about how gifted low-income students are excluded from classes where they have the ability to succeed. The families and teachers interviewed show the real people behind the numbers.”

“Impressive analysis on a critical issue. Brought to light new information that will help improve the educational outcomes for vulnerable students.”


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