2017 Beat Reporting for Print/Online (Medium Staff) Finalist: Aliyya Swaby

Aliyya Swaby (Public Education Reporter) | Texas Tribune

About the Entry

Highlights from Aliyya Swaby’s coverage of education in Texas include long-standing funding challenges, the school choice debate, as well as the educational fallout from the worst natural disaster to hit the state in recent memory.

Comments from the Judges

“Human angles to policy stories are strong, and dull subjects like funding formulas are surprisingly interesting thanks to the reporter’s ability to use local stories to illuminate these policies.”

“A great beat reporter. She is covering a wide range of topics and her ability to explain complicated topics is exceptional. She also makes the subjects of her stories come alive and goes beyond the stereotype images.”