2017 Investigative Reporting for Magazines/Weeklies Finalist: Emmanuel Felton

Emmanuel Felton (Staff Writer) | The Hechinger Report

About the Entry

As a growing number of predominantly white communities seek to form their own school districts, reporter Emmanuel Felton finds dwindling educational opportunities for students of color who remain at less-affluent campuses, raising questions about the federal role.

Comments from the Judges

“This is a deeply reported and important story highlighting a little-known — but important — cause of resegregation: the federal government. His clearly long and careful discussions with the individuals involved enriches the data and pulls the readers into this disturbing aspect of school segregation in America.”

“An investigative tour de force — told with heart, soul and a mastery of history.”