Sarah Carr is currently an independent journalist. Before that, she led The Great Divide, an investigative team at the Boston Globe focused on race and inequality. She oversaw The Teacher Project, an education reporting fellowship at Columbia Journalism School that partnered with more than 30 local and national media outlets. The Project produced in-depth reporting on race and education, alternative schools, the challenges facing immigrant students, and other topics. At the Teacher Project, Carr created “What My Students Taught Me,” an education podcast distributed in collaboration with the Atlantic, WBEZ, the Texas Standard, and other public radio partners. She has covered education for two decades, contributing to The Washington Post, The Atlantic magazine, The Hechinger Report, Slate and numerous other outlets, and winning several national awards.
Carr is the author of “Hope Against Hope,” which tells the story of the post-Katrina New Orleans schools through the experiences of a student, a teacher, and a family, and was reported with support from a Spencer Education Journalism fellowship. The book was chosen as a campus-wide read at Tulane University and Macalester College.
Carr began her journalism career as a staff writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, and also served as the city schools reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Originally from Massachusetts, she is a graduate of Williams College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.