Stephanie Banchero is education program director at the Joyce Foundation, which works to ensure all students are prepared for life success by improving the quality of teachers they encounter in school, enhancing early education policies, and supporting policies that ensure high school students have a seamless transition from high school to college and careers. Previously, Banchero was the national education reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she wrote extensively about many of the issues the Joyce Foundation addresses, and also spent 13 years covering K-12 education for the Chicago Tribune. Her reporting has received first place awards from the Education Writers Association and the Missouri School of Journalism. She also received the Harry Chapin Media Award, an honorable mention from the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families, and a prestigious Knight Fellowship in journalism. Banchero holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in communications and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a past president of EWA and a member of the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship Board.