Linda Lutton

Linda Lutton is an award-winning education reporter at WBEZ-Chicago Public Media and a 2014-15 Spencer fellow in education reporting. Her reporting at WBEZ has examined the dropout crisis, race and segregation, school performance, and the impact of gun violence on youth and schools. Prior to joining WBEZ, Lutton covered education across 85 school districts in Chicago’s south suburbs for the Daily Southtown. She has also worked as a freelance reporter in Michoacán, Mexico. Lutton worked on the 2013 This American Life “Harper High School” episodes, which won numerous journalism awards, including a 2014 Peabody Award and the Education Writers Association’s Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. Lutton also won EWA’s grand prize in 2005 for her investigation into a corrupt suburban Chicago school superintendent. She is the 2004 recipient of a Studs Terkel Award for reporting on Chicago’s diverse communities. Lutton graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in English and urban studies.