2017 Single-Topic News or Feature for Broadcast Finalist: Emily Hanford

Emily Hanford (Senior Correspondent/Producer) | APM Reports, American Public Media

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There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But according to an audio documentary by Emily Hanford, public schools across the country are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.

Comments From the Judges

“Emily Hanford brought the intricacies of learning to read to life in a way that’s accessible to everyone, educator or not. The profiles of students with dyslexia and their families were riveting and somber.”

“This piece does a really nice job of exploring the issue–why kids aren’t tested and diagnosed. It also provides a great example of a district that’s making headway in this area.”