Don’t Eat the Marshmallow: Students From a ‘No Excuses’ Charter Grow Up to Tell the Tale
Best Audio Storytelling (Larger Newsrooms)

Entry Credit

  • WHYY
    • Avi Wolfman-Arent, reporter
    • Kevin McCorry, editor
    • Charlie Kaier, sound mixer

About the Entry

Avi Wolfman-Arent talked to young adults in KIPP Philadelphia’s inaugural class to explore the long-term impact of the school on their lives, how young adults interpret their own middle school journeys and how middle-school experiences resonate many years after it ends.

Comments from the Judges

“This was a fantastic idea, well-written and narrated and had a very crisp pace. … I’m glad this podcast included data and took us in a very interesting direction by exploring the value of school, how to define student achievement, and whether college is right for everybody.​”

“This charter school examination is thorough, deep and compelling. Its look at outcomes years later is something often missing from education journalism, and it was very well done in this episode.”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting.​