What It Takes: Chasing Graduation at High-Poverty High Schools
The Edwin Gould Foundation Eddie Award

About the Entry

This radio documentary chronicles fresh approaches being pursued by high schools in Florida and California to improving graduation rates among students from impoverished families.

Entry Credit

  • Emily Hanford, Senior Producer and Correspondent, APM Reports

Comments from the Judges

“This was a very affecting piece with a good range of voices of students and experts who illustrate the effects of poverty on educational attainment. The entry explores very thoroughly the obstacles that hinder low-income students in their efforts to graduate from high school.”

“An impressive piece of journalism. I love that reporter Emily Hanford introduces topics and people that are critical to student success that we don’t usually hear about in stories on low-income students. Emily’s reporting is very thorough and the story’s execution was crisp.”


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