Mr. Wilson’s Second Act
Single Topic News or Feature (Large Staff)

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About the Entry

After glaucoma forces an elite professional trumpeter to quit the San Francisco Opera, he embarks on a new career in a middle school classroom. HIs tale anchors The San Francisco Chronicle’s look at music education in the public schools.

Entry Credit

  • Jill Tucker, Education Writer, The San Francisco Chronicle

Comments from the Judges

“A beautifully written and moving portrait of a man who lost his identity — and threw himself into helping disadvantaged students discover theirs. The hours the reporter spent at the school really show, and she’s included just enough data and research to make this a bigger story about the importance of music education – and students’ unequal access to it.”

“Such a beautiful story. Just amazingly well told.”


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