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Free Press Reporter David Jesse Named Top Education Reporter in U.S.

Detroit Free Press higher education reporter David Jesse was honored as the top education reporter in the country for 2018 by the Education Writers Association.

Jesse was recognized for his coverage of the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University and work he did with Free Press investigative reporter Matthew Dolan on the University of Michigan’s endowment.

EWA — made up of the nation’s education journalists — presented Jesse with the award at its annual conference earlier this week.

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NPR’s Claudio Sanchez Wins Inaugural EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize
Fellow education journalists honor Sanchez for his 30-year career covering education

The Education Writers Association announced today that Claudio Sanchez, a longtime education reporter for NPR, was awarded EWA’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Prize, which was inspired by the late EWA board president Mike Bowler.   

Sanchez, who worked as a teacher before becoming a radio reporter, spent 30 years covering education for NPR. He retired in January.

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Lessons From the Higher Ed Beat
David Jesse of Detroit Free Press wins top EWA Award for coverage of MSU, Larry Nassar scandal
(EWA Radio: Episode 206)

Reporter David Jesse’s scoops went so deep in covering the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal at Michigan State University that some campus officials wondered if he was being cc’ed on internal emails. Nassar, a physician affiliated with MSU’s athletics program, was sentenced to 70 years in prison for sexually abusing students who were his patients at the campus clinic, as well as members of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team. The university’s president also resigned in the wake of the fallout. Jesse, who’s been covering higher education at the Detroit Free Press for nearly a decade, won the Moskowitz Prize in this year’s EWA National Awards for Education Reporting.

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EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize

The Education Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Prize recognizes members who have devoted much of their careers to the craft and community of education journalism.

The prize was proposed, created and funded by EWA members who wanted to honor the life and work of Michael Bowler, a longtime education reporter for the Baltimore Sun and former president of the Education Writers Association who passed away in 2018. Bowler was an EWA member for more than five decades.

The goal, according to incoming EWA board member Erica Green, who helped initiate the prize, was to honor “a veteran journalist who embodies Bowler’s commitment to education reporting, both as a career and a public service.”

The first Lifetime Achievement Prize will be awarded at lunch on Wednesday, May 8, at EWA’s 72nd National Seminar, to be held in Baltimore. The prize will come with a $5,000 honorarium.