2023 Finalists for the National Awards for Education Reporting

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Photo credit: James Minichello, AASA, for EWA (2021 finalists)

EWA Awards Finalists

Beat Reporting

Education-Only Outlets

Beth Hawkins
The 74
Beth Hawkins – Beat Reporting, Education

Linda Jacobson
The 74
Linda Jacobson: Beat Reporting for The 74

Charlotte West
Open Campus
Covering the Critical Role of Higher Ed in Prisons

Small Newsroom

Brian Lopez
The Texas Tribune
Brian Lopez, Public Education Reporter

Kate McGee
The Texas Tribune & Open Campus
Kate McGee, Higher Education Reporter

Molly Minta
Mississippi Today & Open Campus
Secrecy and Unfairness in Mississippi’s Higher Education System

Large Newsroom

Laura Meckler
The Washington Post
Confronting Challenges in Education

Talia Richman
The Dallas Morning News
Talia Richman Beat Reporting

Bianca Vázquez Toness
The Associated Press
Centering Kids and Families: Bianca Vázquez Toness’ Work


All Newsroom Sizes

Melanie Asmar, Rae Ellen Bichell, Helen Santoro, Jennifer Brown & Tina Griego
Chalkbeat, KFF Health News, Colorado Sun & COLab
Last Resort

Brandi Kellam, Louis Hansen & Gabriel Sandoval
Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism & ProPublica

Becca Savransky & Asia Fields
Idaho Statesman & ProPublica
State of Disrepair: Inside Idaho’s Crumbling Schools

Data Reporting & Visualization

All Newsroom Sizes

Maddie Hanna, Kasturi Pananjady & Jasen Lo
The Philadelphia Inquirer
See How Much Money Your School District Has for Students

Sarah Karp, Nader Issa, Lauren FitzPatrick, Alden Loury, Jesse Howe & Kate Grossman
WBEZ & Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago’s 50 Closed Schools

Nic Querolo, Danielle Moran & Marie Patino
Bloomberg News
The Economics of Small US Colleges Are Faltering



Elissa Nadworny, Lauren Migaki, Steve Drummond, Claire Harbage & Hanna Palamarenko
Ukraine Kindergarten

Talia Richman, Chris Benderev & Bethel Habte
The Dallas Morning News & This American Life
See Something, Slay Something

Small Newsroom

Jeff Oloizia
Madison Magazine
Is This Just a Drill?

Nirvi Shah
The Hechinger Report
These Would-Be Teachers Graduated into the Pandemic. Will They Stick With Teaching?

Emily Tate Sullivan
Can Educators Afford the American Dream?

Large Newsroom

Heather Hollingsworth, Carolyn Thompson & Bianca Vázquez Toness
The Associated Press
Intimate Reporting Chronicles a High-Stakes Year for Learning to Read

Kristen Taketa
The San Diego Union-Tribune
A Barrio Logan School Is Building Trust Amid Homelessness, Abuse and Other Trauma

Peter Thomson, Brian Bergstein, David Scharfenberg, Kelly Horan, Heather Hopp-Bruce & Abbi Matheson
The Boston Globe
The Radical, Forgotten Experiment in Educational Integration That Changed My Life

Investigative & Public Service Reporting

Education-Only Outlets

Kalyn Belsha
Too Many Kids: How an Online Tutoring Company Shortchanged Schools

Daarel Burnette II, Adrienne Lu, Jacquelyn Elias, Audrey Williams June, J. Brian Charles, Sonel Cutler, Erin Gretzinger, Emma Hall, Maggie Hicks, Helen Huiskes, Forest Hunt, Katherine Mangan, Kate Marijolovic, Julian Roberts-Grmela, Zachary Schermele, Eva Surovell, Alecia Taylor & Megan Zahneis
The Chronicle of Higher Education
DEI Legislation Tracker

Mark Keierleber
The 74
The Hidden Victims of School Cyberattacks

Small Newsroom

Amy DiPierro & Corey Mitchell
Center for Public Integrity
Hidden Toll

Danielle DuClos
Green Bay Press-Gazette
A Teacher, a Sexual Abuse Allegation and a Botched Investigation

Lee V. Gaines
Uncounted: Restraint and Seclusion in Indiana Schools

Large Newsroom

Matt Drange
Business Insider
An Epidemic of Sexual Abuse in Schools: Shoddy Investigations, Quiet Resignations, and a Culture of Secrecy Have Protected Predators, Not Students.

Nicole Noren, T.J. Quinn, William Weinbaum, Rayna Banks, Chris Buckle, Craig T. Lazarus, Cathy Honeywell, Mike Drago & Laura Purtell
LISTEN: ESPN investigates Lauren McCluskey’s murder

Deanna Pan
The Boston Globe
‘What Exactly Is Fair About This?’: Great High Schools Aren’t Available to All Boston Kids.



Jenny Brundin, Alison Borden & Hart Van Denburg
Colorado Public Radio
What’s Happening in Woodland Park?

Carolyn Peirce, Chris Papst, Ray Rogowski, Jed Gamber, Dwayne Myers & Anthony Durso
Fox45 Baltimore
Behind Closed Doors

Camille Phillips
Texas Public Radio
Golden Pennies: Why Texas School Funding Still Isn’t Fair

Small Newsroom

Jessika Harkay
The Connecticut Mirror
Getting a New High School: A Different Story in Two CT Towns

Laura Pappano
The Hechinger Report
The (Mostly) Republican Moms Fighting to Reclaim Their Idaho School District From Conservatives

Anya Petrone Slepyan
The Daily Yonder
A ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’ Aims to Fill Job Vacancies at Texas’ Prisons and Jails

Large Newsroom

Howard Blume, Mackenzie Mays, Kevin Rector, Laurel Rosenhall, Priscella Vega & Hannah Wiley
Los Angeles Times
Deep Blue California Confronts Red State Education Issues

Cheyanne Mumphrey & Juan Lozano
The Associated Press
A Black Student Was Suspended for His Hairstyle. The School Says It Wasn’t Discrimination

Marcela Rodrigues & Philip Jankowski
The Dallas Morning News
DEI Dilemma: Inside Texas’ Fight to Ban Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education


All Newsroom Sizes

Ave Carrillo, Christopher Werth, Stephen Rex Brown, Clayton Guse, Jessica Gould & Gina Vosti
WNYC & Gothamist
An NYC Student’s Yearslong Struggle to Get Proper Instruction for Dyslexia

Mike Hixenbaugh, Antonia Hylton & Frannie Kelley
NBC News Studios

Iggy Monda, Nina Earnest, Jessica Pupovac, Michael Garofalo, Carly Peruccio, Siona Peterous & Meghan Coyle
Freelance, PRX & Religion of Sports
ROS Presents: Roughhousing

Student Journalism

All Newsroom Sizes

Bree Campbell, Shoaa Khan, Jose Santana
The Bell
Questioning the Status Quo

Emma H. Haidar, Miles J. Herszenhorn, Cam E. Kettles, Nia L. Orakwue & Claire Yuan
The Harvard Crimson
Claudine Gay’s Congressional Testimony

Alex Walters
The State News
Reporting on Michigan State’s Title IX Office

Visual Storytelling

All Newsroom Sizes

Jim Fields, Eamonn Fitzmaurice & Emmeline Zhao
The 74
America’s Innovative High Schools

Alec Fischer
Fischr Media
Covid Confessions: Elementary School Students & School Social Workers Share Their Experiences During The Pandemic

Liz Willen, Soledad O’Brien, Rose Arce, Naimah Jabali-Nash, Fazil Khan, Amari Leigh & Tristan Nash
The Hechinger Report, Soledad O’Brien Productions & CBS News
The End of Affirmative Action

EGF Accelerator's Eddie Prize

Eddie Prize Finalists 

Gail Cornwall
The Hechinger Report
All You Need Is One Community to Help Pick You Up: Solutions for Restoring College Dreams

Eric Hoover
The Chronicle of Higher Education
48 Hours Inside a Student Emergency-Aid Experiment

Deborah Jian Lee
Esquire & Economic Hardship Reporting Project
Persecution in the Name of the Lord