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Mareesa Nicosia

Mareesa Nicosia is an independent multimedia journalist based in New York City. Her reporting has been published in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and USA Today. She developed a passion for reporting on education while covering her first general assignment beat in Saratoga Springs, a small city in upstate New York. In the decade since, she has reported from New York City, New Orleans, California, Texas and Alaska, covering K-12 education policy as well as politics, the environment, immigration and real estate. In 2015 and 2016, she reported and co-produced two short documentary videos that examine how poor student communities in rural Alaska and southern California are grappling with the effects of climate change. Her investigative coverage of divisions in the East Ramapo School District, just north of New York City, won an Innovation in Watchdog Journalism award from the Associated Press Media Editors and was cited in an episode of the national public radio show “This American Life.” She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the State University of New York at Brockport.

Recent Stories

Middle-schoolers in Colleen Johnson’s social studies class participate in a Skype “field trip” with a guest lecturer located in Virginia (shown on the screen). With greater bandwidth on a new fiber-optic internet connection, Nome teachers plan to do more live video streaming.

Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

A new fiber-optic cable along Alaska’s coast could transform how technology is used in rural classrooms

Indiana’s free pre-K: Adored by parents, beset with growing pains

Three years in, why are only 4 percent of the state’s 4-year-olds enrolled in On My Way?