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Multimedia editor

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

A California preschool teacher reads to students. The state has the largest population of children 4 and under in the nation.

How three California communities are trying to improve preschool for vulnerable students

Preschool programs strive to involve parents, train teachers to improve preschool outcomes

How one summer program is trying to get more Mississippi teens to college

From ACT prep to tuition funding, Camp College helps teens get ready for higher ed

Mississippi improves in child well-being rankings, but still has room to improve

Decrease in child poverty, parental unemployment bumps Mississippi up slightly in national rankings

Jennifer Townsend reads to two of her children before a parenting class in the Leland Medical Clinic’s parent center.

Her daughter was suicidal, but this mother was told the soonest she could get help was in six months

Rural children often go without critical mental health treatment

How trauma and stress affect a child’s brain development

The Trump administration’s child separation policy could have long-term consequences for migrant children taken from their parents

Summer learning programs are too expensive for many of Mississippi’s kids

Families must spend up to 33 percent of their summer salary for 10-weeks of learning

Mississippi’s graduation rate gaps are among lowest in the country, report finds

New federal report highlights the ‘condition of education’ nationwide

Mississippi requires 180 days of instruction each year.

How do Mississippi’s requirements for instructional time compare to the rest of the country?

New report looks at rules on number of school days, hours required nationwide

During the 2015-16 school year, 113 days of school were missed due to suspensions for every 100 black students with disabilities enrolled in a Mississippi school.

Why are these Mississippi students missing so much school?

Discipline for students with disabilities is leading to too much time out of school, report says

Nurse Polita Williams weighs 8-month-old Jamir during a home visit.

This program is proven to help moms and babies—so why aren’t we investing in it more?

How home-visiting could improve outcomes for at-risk children