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EWA​, the professional organization dedicated to ​strengthening the community of education ​writers and improving the ​quality of education coverage ​to better inform the public, hosts ​a weekly podcast featuring lively interviews with journalists.

Apr 28, 2020

Few, if any, education reporters are tackling tougher issues right now than Erica Green of The New York Times, whose stories often share a common theme of focusing on the unmet needs of marginalized students. She discusses recent coverage, including how school cafeteria workers in Baltimore are feeding an entire neighborhood, concerns about a potential federal waiver that would let districts pause services for students with disabilities, and a rare look inside a juvenile detention center where young adults are being left largely unprotected from COVID-19.
What trends has she noticed in how school districts are responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic? What’s changed in her on-the-ground reporting techniques in the midst of the crisis? Why does she describe herself as a “no surprises” journalist, and how has that served her well in “speaking truth to power” — including to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos? And what story ideas does she encourage other education reporters to explore as schools struggle in the wake of the pandemic?