Sarah Garland is executive editor at The Hechinger Report.

She started out in journalism reporting on murders and mayhem in New York City for New York Newsday and the New York Times, before joining the New York Sun, where she discovered a passion for the education beat.

As a Spencer Fellow, she wrote Divided We Fail (Beacon Press), a narrative of the landmark enactment and repeal of court-ordered school desegregation in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

In 2009, Garland published her second book, Gangs in Garden City: How Immigration, Segregation and Youth Violence Are Changing American Suburbs (Nation Books, July 2009)., about Salvadoran street gangs in the Long Island suburbs. The book was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Garland is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul and has a joint master’s degree in journalism and Latin American studies from New York University.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.