Benjamin Herold is a technology reporter at Education Week, where he has profiled teen hackers (link is external), led an award-winning investigation into the nation’s online charter schools (link is external) and detailed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s multi-billion dollar foray into publication education (link is external). Prior to joining Education Week in 2013, Herold covered the Philadelphia school district for WHYY public radio and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, winning first-place awards from the Education Writers Association as the nation’s top education beat reporter (2012) and for his feature reporting on Philadelphia’s mass school closings (link is external) (2013). Before becoming a journalist, Herold worked as a policy researcher, an independent documentary filmmaker and a training specialist for rape-crisis and domestic-violence-prevention organizations.

Benjamin has a master’s degree in urban education from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he currently lives with his family. With a Spencer Fellowship, Herold plans to take an in-depth look at the changing face of opportunity in America’s suburban public schools, chronicling how school districts and families alike are responding to sweeping demographic and economic shifts and exploring what such choices mean for the long-term future of traditional public education.