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.