2014 Beat Reporting for Print/Online (Large Staff) Winner

Javier C. Hernandez | The New York Times

Comments from the Judges

“Javier Hernandez comes at some of the most heated K-12 stories from the ground level, in the classroom, and then zooms out to the policy and debate surrounding it. The story of the 9-year-old’s struggle under the rigors of the common core standards is particularly compelling, showing how this multi-state approach is impacting students themselves.”

“Excellent set of stories, deeply reported, balanced, and compelling. ‘Common Core Through a 9-year-old’s Eyes’ is structured for suspense, closely observed, and written beautifully. The story on Cuomo’s efforts on behalf of charter schools is a well paced, inside look at political strategy. I come away from all of these stories feeling better informed about the issues without having had to work at it, because they were so entertaining.”