Stephanie Banchero is Education Senior Program Officer at the Joyce Foundation, which works to ensure all students—especially those who are low-income and minority—are prepared for life success by improving the quality of teachers they encounter in school, enhancing early education policies, and supporting policies that ensure high school students have a seamless transition from high school to college and careers.Before coming to Joyce, Stephanie was the National Education Reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where she covered national and state K-12 education issues. Prior to that, Ms. Banchero served as an education reporter for the Chicago Tribune for thirteen years where covered statewide and national education issues. Previously, Ms. Banchero worked as a reporter at the Charlotte Observer, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Salt Lake Tribune.Her nationally recognized reporting has received first place awards from the National Education Writers Association and the Missouri School of Journalism. She also received the Harry Chapin Media Award and an honorable mention from the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families. She was awarded a prestigious one-year Knight Fellowship in journalism at Stanford University.

She is the past president of the National Education Writers Association.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s of arts from the University of Utah in Communications and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She resides in Chicago.