Nancy Solomon is managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, which won a 2014 Peabody Award for Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power. She serves on the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship Board.
As a member of the first cohort of Spencer Fellows, Solomon produced “Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students” for which she won a Peabody Award. The project included an hour-long radio documentary, a two-part series on National Public Radio, a podcast and a website with audio slide shows. The documentary looked beyond test scores to examine why so many black kids are falling behind by visiting preschools, homes, classrooms and lunch-time student hangouts.
Solomon began her career in radio at KLCC in Eugene, Oregon, in 1995. She moved to New Jersey in 2001 and has been covering the state ever since. She has produced more than a hundred stories for NPR.
Solomon earned a master’s degree in 1986 from Columbia Journalism School and worked for several California daily newspapers before moving to radio. She won the 2005 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for a story that examined the collapse of New Jersey’s state child welfare agency.
Long before becoming a journalist, Solomon was the first woman ever hired to work on the county road crew in Portland, Oregon.
Radio documentary, WNYC, January 2011
Radio documentary, NPR
Now available from American Radioworks as a podcast on iTunes
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Civics Lessons Beyond the Classroom
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