Finalist

What Really Happened at Ballou High School
Investigative Reporting: Broadcast

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About the Entry

The District of Columbia school system lauded Ballou High School as a shining example of success, but a joint investigation by WAMU and NPR found many students were allowed to graduate despite chronic truancy and failing grades.

Entry Credit

  • Kate McGee, Education Reporter, WAMU
  • Acacia Squires, Education Editor, NPR

Comments from the Judges

“Stellar investigation using documents, insider sources, students and challenging questions for those in charge.”

“While this story focuses on one school, it has some long-lasting effects to these students. This work is a great example on how one simple lead can become a great story.”

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EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting.