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Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is an award-winning journalist and three-time New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 14 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team of reporters.

Recent Stories

Kristen Wells works with a small group of students in Terrol McElroy’s classroom at Emmalee Isable Elementary in Jackson while McElroy observes. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

Is repeating third grade — again and again — good for kids?

A state makes students repeat third grade, sometimes more than once, to help them learn to read

Obama’s national spotlight on young black and brown men: Has it improved their lives?

Questions remain about the My Brother’s Keeper program in the Trump administration

At the University of Georgia, black students navigate in a white world

As the flagship campus seeks diversity, it also seeks to be more welcoming

At Georgia State, more black students graduate each year than at any U.S. college

Support services, counseling help boost academic performances for all

Veteran black principal lifts New Orleans school with strength and love

But in post-Katrina charter boom, will experienced black administrators be elbowed out?

Yale University students and supporters participate in a march across campus to demonstrate against what they see as racial insensitivity at the Ivy League school on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in New Haven, Conn.

Yale students break through generations of pained black silence

The rage on college campuses like Yale may alarm people, but it’s a release of decades of tamped-down rage and frustration

Marjada Tucker, 19, is a Rice University sophomore who started a summer program in her hometown of Starkville, Mississippi, to prepare students for college.

A 19-year-old college student comes back to give hometown students a better chance

Last year, just 12 percent of students in Mississippi met the ACT college benchmark

Dr. Princess Parker, educational consultant, works with a third grade student at East Sunflower summer school.

Full-court press for Mississippi third graders in summer school has disappointing results

After months of intense work with youngsters who twice failed state reading test, one Delta district sees scant progress