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Editor in Chief

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

How a governor’s push for “religious freedom” eclipses education crisis and could bring back ‘dark time’

Mississippi passes anti-equality law while ignoring its dismal education system

How you can get an education at SXSWedu in Austin: Really

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Amid national diversity protests, community college students dare to dream of debt-free life

At community college, lots of dreams for students already left behind

“Edu-speak” is a disease that undermines efforts to improve U.S. schools

Time to take a stand against confusing acronyms and overused jargon in education.

Jarrius Adams, a recent Hattiesburg High School graduate and debate champion, speaks in favor of Initiative 42 in Jackson last week.

Mississippi has a school funding fight on its hands: Will kids be the winner?

Will Mississippi get more funding for its failing schools? Or does school failure have nothing to do with funds?

How can we fix U.S. high schools? Stop using ‘covered wagon’ model

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Hamilton College President Joan Stewart was the first in her family to go to college, and feels strongly about expanding opportunity for low-income students.

Can a small, rural college that eliminated merit aid survive — and thrive? Hamilton College president makes the case

Hamilton College President Joan Stewart was the first in her family to go to college, and feels strongly about expanding opportunity for low-income students. When Sweet…

Colleges send out realms of encouraging mail to potential applicants every year in stepped-up-recruiting campaigns.

Gaming the numbers? Conflicting college admissions messages confound parents and kids

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