Steve Drummond heads up NPR’s new education reporting project, NPR Ed. Launched in March 2014, the initiative is building a nine-member team within the network – as well as partnerships with member stations around the country – to deepen coverage of this vital issue and extend it to audiences across digital platforms. Drummond brings to this initiative more than 20 years’ experience covering education issues, and more than a decade at NPR in a variety of roles. Prior to this assignment, he was the network’s senior national editor. In that role, from 2007 through 2013, he oversaw domestic news coverage and a team of more than 60 reporters, producers and editors in Washington, D.C., and 18 bureaus around the country. In 2012, he also served as acting senior editor for investigations, managing a team of six reporters and producers on investigative projects. In addition to his journalism credentials, Drummond has also spent some time in the classroom. In the early 1990s, he left journalism temporarily, for a graduate degree in education and a brief career as a middle and high school teacher. His journalism and education interests merged in 1993, when he joined Education Week, where he spent six years as a senior editor and writer.