2022 Finalists for the National Awards for Education Reporting

Click each of the eight dropdown menus (awards categories) listed below to see all finalists.

Photo credit: 2021 EWA Awards finalists by James Minichello, AASA

The Complete List

Audio Storytelling

Smaller Newsroom

Jess Clark, Stephanie Wolf, Rebecca Feldhaus Adams, Clare Roth & Laura Ellis
A Critical Moment

Mira Gordon & Taylor McGraw
The Bell
Season Six: In Our Own Voices

Nevaeh Nez, Camille Leihulu Slagle, Reuben Kitto Stately, Archie Yellow & Sasha Aslanian
American Public Media
Standing in Two Worlds: Native American College Diaries

Larger Newsroom

DJ Cashmere, Catherine Winter, Anna Canny, Alden Loury, Chris Julin, Craig Thorson & Andy Kruse
APM Reports
No Excuses: Race and Reckoning at a Chicago Charter School

Carrie Jung, Max Larkin, Yasmin Amer, Elisabeth Harrison, Amy Gorel, Jennifer Goren & Gabrielle Emanuel
The Cost of Child Care

Elissa Nadworny, Lauren Migaki & Steve Drummond
Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Prison Is Rare. That’s About to Change

Beat Reporting

Small Newsroom

Becky Z. Dernbach
Sahan Journal
Education in Minnesota’s Immigrant Communities and Communities of Color

Jon Marcus
The Hechinger Report
Jon Marcus Covers Higher Education

Emily Tate Sullivan
What Side Hustle Culture Reveals About Teacher Pay in America

Midsize Newsroom

Lily Altavena
Detroit Free Press
Lily Altavena, Beat Reporting at the Detroit Free Press

Kalyn Belsha
Kalyn Belsha Beat Reporting

Kate McGee
The Texas Tribune

Kate McGee, Higher Education Reporting

Large Newsroom

Mike Hixenbaugh
NBC News Digital
Race, Gender and Civil Rights in Schools

Hannah Natanson
The Washington Post
LGBTQ in Schools

Teresa Watanabe
Los Angeles Times
Teresa Watanabe: Sustained Excellence in Beat Reporting


All Newsroom Sizes

Devna Bose, Rebecca Griesbach, Sharon Lurye, Neal Morton, Trisha Powell Crain, Janelle Retka & Talia Richman
The Post & Courier, AL.com, The Associated Press, The Hechinger Report, The Seattle Times & The Dallas Morning News
Tackling Teacher Shortages

Mike Reicher, Lulu Ramadan & Taylor Blatchford
The Seattle Times & ProPublica
Invisible Schools

Jeremy Schwartz & Mike Hixenbaugh
The Texas Tribune, ProPublica & NBC News
Granbury, Texas: A Harbinger for Fierce Battles Over LGBTQ-Themed Books


Small Newsroom

Gail Cornwall
The Hechinger Report
A School Created a Homeless Shelter in the Gym and It Paid Off in the Classroom

Seyward Darby
The Atavist Magazine
Fault Lines

Molly Minta
Mississippi Today & Open Campus
Critical Race Theory in Mississippi

Midsize Newsroom

Noelle Crombie, Beth Nakamura & Margaret Haberman
The Oregonian
The Safest Place

Eric Hoover
The Chronicle of Higher Education
When You Can’t Make It On Your Own

Savannah Tryens-Fernandes & Amanda Khorramabadi
The Alabama Education Lab at AL.com & Reckon News
Inside Alabama’s First LGBTQ-Focused Charter School

Large Newsroom

Nicole Carr
ProPublica & Frontline
White Parents Rallied to Chase a Black Educator Out of Town. Then, They Followed Her to the Next One.

Adam Clark
NJ Advance Media
Portraits of a Crisis

John Woodrow Cox
The Washington Post
An American Girl

Investigative & Public Service Reporting

Small Newsroom

Mark Keierleber
The 74
Exposing Student Safety Threats

Tara García Mathewson, Fazil Khan & Maria Polletta
The Hechinger Report & Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting
Education Suspended: When Students Are Blocked From Class for Missing Class

Thomas Peele
Chico State Professor Disciplined for Student Affair Allegedly Threatened Colleagues Who Complained

Midsize Newsroom

Lily Altavena & Dave Boucher
Detroit Free Press
Trapped and Traumatized

Mandy McLaren
The Courier Journal
Between the Lines

Leslie Postal & Annie Martin
Orlando Sentinel
Unequal Futures

Larger Newsroom

Jodi S. Cohen & Jennifer Smith Richards
ProPublica & Chicago Tribune
The Price Kids Pay

Eliza Shapiro & Brian Rosenthal
The New York Times
How Hasidic Schools Are Reaping Millions but Failing the Students

Samantha Shapiro
The New York Times Magazine
Young and Homeless in Rural America


Small Newsroom

Tara García-Mathewson
The Hechinger Report
‘State-Sanctioned Violence:’ Inside One of the Thousands of Schools That Still Paddle Students

Beth Hawkins
The 74
‘The Hate Is Just Too Much’: Threatened by Neighbors and Trolled on Social Media, Minnesota School Board Members Are Quitting in Record Numbers

Jackie Mader, Olivia Sanchez, Sara Hutchinson & Kavitha Cardoza
The Hechinger Report
Education in a Post-Roe World

Midsize Newsroom

Kalyn Belsha, Stephanie Wang, Erica Meltzer & Marta W. Aldrich
Rethinking What Students Learn, One State at a Time

Carrie Peirce, Chris Papst, Jed Gamber, Dwayne Myers & Ray Rogowski
Fox45 Baltimore
Disabled & Denied

Stephen Sawchuk, Ileana Najarro & Laura Baker
Education Week
How the Debate About Race Is Changing Social Studies Content

Large Newsroom

Dana Goldstein & Stephanie Saul
The New York Times
Page by Page: Florida’s Math Textbook Controversy

Talia Richman, Corbett Smith, Emily Donaldson & Eva-Marie Ayala
The Dallas Morning News
Texas’ “Wild West” Teacher Prep Problems

Bianca Vázquez Toness, Sharon Lurye, Jocelyn Gecker & Collin Binkley
The Associated Press
Pandemic Learning Loss: Data, Accountability and Community Reach

Visual Storytelling

Smaller Newsroom

Jim Fields, Emmeline Zhao, Laura Fay & Meghan Gallagher
The 74
Weaving a Stronger Society — Starting in Our Schools

Andrew Reed & John Fensterwald
Kid Cooks and Tasty Lunches: One Elementary School’s Recipe for Survival

Lauren Santucci
Education Week
They Survived a School Shooting. And They Have Advice for Educators Who May Experience the Same

Larger Newsroom

Marta W. Aldrich, Dan Lyon, Kae Petrin & Thomas Wilburn
Visualizing the “Age Appropriate” Curriculum Debate

Kassie Bracken, Mark Boyer, Jacey Fortin, Rebecca Lieberman & Noah Throop
The New York Times
What’s Actually Being Taught in History Class

Kelly Wiley, Chris Nelson, Christopher Adams, Sam Stark, Josh Hinkle, Robert Sims, Kate Winkle & Aileen Hernandez
The Exit: Teachers Leave. Students Suffer.

EGF Accelerator's Eddie Prize

Eddie Prize Finalists 

Jason Gonzales
Chalkbeat & Open Campus
Challenges and Opportunities in Colorado Higher Education

Megan Pauly
Follow-up Coverage to 2021 Dreams Deferred Series

Camille Phillips, Fernando Ortiz Jr., Dan Katz & Jacob Rosati
Texas Public Radio
The Enduring Gap