New to the Beat: Announcing the 2022 Rookies

The 22 rookies were selected through a competitive application process.

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the class of 2022 for New to the Beat, a mentoring and training program for journalists with less than two years experience covering education.

The 22 rookies were selected through a competitive application process. Each will be matched with an experienced education reporter who will serve as a mentor and coach for the duration of the six-month program. The rookies also take part in specialized training opportunities.

“This is a stellar cohort of journalists,” said Caroline W. Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “We’re looking forward to helping them rise to challenges of the vital work of education reporting.”

This year’s rookies are:

  • Ethan Bakuli, Chalkbeat Detroit
  • Anna Bryson, Henrico (Va.) Citizen
  • Becky Dernbach, Sahan Journal (St. Paul Minn.)
  • Marie Fazio, New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • Madeline Fox, Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Nimah Gobi, KQED (Northern California)
  • Megan Henry, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Matthew Hooke, Cecil Whig (Elkton, Md.)
  • Jonathan Horwitz, The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.)
  • Sierra Jenkins, The Virginian-Pilot
  • Lauren Jennings, Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta
  • Juliana Kim, Nashville Public Radio
  • Mara Klecker, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Marie Mendez, Austin American-Statesman
  • Kyra Miles, WBHM (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Laura Onyeneho, Defender Network (Houston, Texas)
  • Mauricio Peña, Chalkbeat Chicago
  • Nikki Ross, Daytona Beach News-Journal
  • Jacob Sanchez, Fort Worth Report
  • Becca Savransky, Idaho Statesman
  • Casey Smith, The Associated Press, Indiana
  • Dandan Zou, Newsday