Sarah Carr is an editor at The Boston Globe, heading a team of investigative education reporters. Prior to that, she directed the Teacher Project at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, a reporting and mentoring project dedicated to in depth, enterprise and investigative education journalism whose work was published in Slate and other publications around the U.S.. Carr has also served for many years as a contributing editor and writer at the Hechinger Report.

As a Spencer Fellow, Carr reported on the explosion of charter schools in New Orleans, resulting in her book, Hope Against Hope, an insightful nonfiction account of New Orleans schools post Hurricane-Katrina published by Bloomsbury.

Sarah has contributed to the Atlantic magazine, Slate, New Orleans public radio and numerous other media outlets, winning several national awards. Before coming back to New York as a Spencer Fellow, Carr served as education reporter at the New Orleans Picayune, and before that education reporter at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

She is a graduate of Williams College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Published Work:

The Challenge of Choice, Winner in the 2010 Education Writers Association contest
The Times-Picayune
New Orleans charter schools work to sustain teachers’ energy, results

The Times-Picayune
Behind knock-out of principal lies a sad tale

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Confucius Reenters China’s Schools to Parry Western Ways

The Christian Science Monitor
Lost in Transition: Educating the children of China’s migrant workers

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The San Francisco Chronicle
Charter schools face unique challenges education students with special needs

The Times-Picayune