Four journalists were recently selected as the next class of Spencer Fellows in Education Reporting for the 2018-2019 academic year. They will work on significant projects examining outmigration of black students from urban centers, busing and desegregation in suburban Boston, English language learners in New York City and on Long Island, and the impact of race, class and politics on children’s learning. The winners were chosen by a distinguished board of journalists and education scholars after a highly competitive application process.
The new fellows are Kalyn Belsha of the Chicago Reporter, Emmanuel Felton of The Hechinger Report, Kyle Spencer, an independent education journalist, and Alexandra Starr, a freelance radio reporter. Each fellow will receive a $75,000 stipend plus research expenses to support their academic year studying with professors throughout the Columbia campuses and working on projects under the guidance of mentors at Columbia Journalism School.
“We are very happy to add these four accomplished journalists to the network of Spencer Fellows, who have had a significant impact on national coverage of public education,” said Prof. LynNell Hancock, an expert in child and family policy who serves as director of the fellowship.