2019 Features (Small Staff) Winner

Casey Parks | The Hechinger Report

About the Entry

Casey Parks spent nine months investigating the outcomes of a New Orleans charter high school that had promised families academic improvements and college success. Using newspaper archives, Parks tracked down dozens of Sci Academy graduates. She used student voices to paint a searing portrait of unfulfilled dreams. She also described school leaders’ early missteps, and their efforts to learn from their mistakes.

Comments from the Judges

“Compelling writing and deep reporting combined to make an outstanding narrative on an important issue that has not been covered enough.”

“This was an impeccably reported, well-written story. The reporter’s tenacity shines through in this piece, which explores a topic that flies under the radar. It’s a great, enlightening read.”