Denise-Marie Ordway is the managing editor of Journalist’s Resource, a project housed at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy that’s aimed at helping reporters improve their coverage of policy issues by relying more often on scientific evidence and high-quality, peer-reviewed research. Previously, Ordway worked as a reporter for newspapers and radio stations in the U.S. and Central America, including the Orlando Sentinel and Philadelphia Inquirer. Her work also has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Harvard Business Review.
Ordway’s journalism awards include two first prize awards from the Education Writers Association. She was named as a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for an investigative series she led that focused on hazing and other problems at Florida A&M University. As a Harvard Nieman Foundation for Journalism fellow, she completed a special research project on performance funding for public universities. Before joining EWA’s board of directors, she served on EWA’s Journalist Advisory Board.
Ordway grew up in Volusia County, Florida, where she attended public schools and then Daytona Beach Community College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of North Florida. In May 2019, she will graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a master’s degree in higher education.