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Liz Willen

Liz Willen, a longtime education reporter, has been proud to lead an award-winning staff of The Hechinger Report since 2011. She was recently honored for commentary writing by the New York Press Club. Liz got her start in newspapers as feature editor of Northport High School's "The Rag," in Northport, New York and worked at an array of New England newspapers before covering New York City public schools for New York Newsday. She's a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a board member for the Spencer Education Fellowships at Columbia. Liz is a sought-after moderator at education conferences and events, has been an active New York City public school parent and recipient of the “Above and Beyond,” award by the media company City & State for exemplary leadership. She hates jargon.

Recent Stories

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OPINION: New era of education passion, protest and politics will follow DeVos confirmation

What happens next with the unprecedented anger, animosity aimed at Senators and new Ed Secretary?

OPINION: Fight for better education instead of blasting “unhappy liberals’’

Mississippi senator gets pushback for “alternate” view of protests

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Secret contracts let politicians keep taxpayers in the dark

Parents fight for transparency, better schools in struggling Mississippi

Massachusetts charter pushes low-income students to college with coaching, nagging and “dream crushing”

“You can stay after school. You can always talk to your tutors or your teachers. And if one of us is slacking, we’ll all say, ‘Do you want to be a statistic? Your life isn’t a game. You don’t want to be stuck.’”

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