‘There Are No Invisible Children’: Erica Green of The New York Times

Veteran reporter shares insights from the national education beat, and how COVID-19 pandemic is influencing her work
(EWA Radio: Episode 236)

Few, if any, education reporters are tackling tougher issues right now than Erica Green of The New York Times, whose stories often share a common theme of focusing on the unmet needs of marginalized students. She discusses recent coverage, including how school cafeteria workers in Baltimore are feeding an entire neighborhood, concerns about a potential federal waiver that would let districts pause services for students with disabilities, and a rare look inside a juvenile detention center where young adults are being left largely unprotected from COVID-19.

What trends has she noticed in how school districts are responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic? What’s changed in her on-the-ground reporting techniques in the midst of the crisis? Why does she describe herself as a “no surprises” journalist, and how has that served her well in “speaking truth to power” — including to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos? And what story ideas does she encourage other education reporters to explore as schools struggle in the wake of the pandemic?

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