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Jackie Mader

Jackie Mader is multimedia editor. She has covered preK-12 education and teacher preparation nationwide, with a focus on the rural south. Her work has appeared in the The Denver Post, the Sun Herald and The Clarion-Ledger, as well as on Time.com, The Atlantic and NBCNews.com. She was the winner of the 2013 Front Page Award for In-Depth Newspaper reporting from The Newswomen's Club of New York, as well as the 2014 Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award from the New York Press Club. Her most notable award, however, came from The California Dried Plum Association when she was 13-years-old and won a recipe contest for her "Puffy Plum Cake," which she dreamt up during a particularly uneventful summer vacation. She received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to attending Columbia, she taught special education in Charlotte, N.C. and trained first-year teachers in the Mississippi Delta.

Recent Stories

Chronic absences, poverty impacting outcomes for Mississippi’s children, report says

Report shows the state at the bottom of the nation in education and child well-being

Are Mississippi’s students prepared for college?

Data show more than half of incoming students at some post-secondary institutions require remediation

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

Educators say they’re unprepared to teach wide range of students

Mississippi legislators whittle down number of education bills

Flexible spending accounts, anti-bullying legislation still alive

Mississippi suspends pilot child care inspection program

Officials developing new plan to roll out more inspections statewide

How would Betsy DeVos impact education in Mississippi?

Would her ideas work in a rural state?

A high school graduate raises his diploma in celebration as he walks back to his seat during a commencement ceremony Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Pittston, Pa.

An end to Mississippi’s special education diploma?

Bill would remove alternate diploma as a graduation option

Mississippi to double its inspections of child care centers in the Delta

State plan aims to increase child care oversight, quality

Mandatory kindergarten and home economics: What Mississippi lawmakers have proposed for 2017

Dozens of bills proposed to improve, reform education

National nonprofit to recruit Mississippi communities for reading program

National reading initiative aims to boost third-grade reading proficiency

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