2009-10 Fellows

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism named three New York journalists as the 2009-10 Spencer Fellows in Education Reporting based on projects that will explore issues about resilience and gifted education, desegregation in Louisville, KY., and the overhaul of New York City’s public school system under mayoral control.

The 2009-10 fellows include: Peg Tyre, a former senior reporter at Newsweek Magazine; Sarah Garland, a reporter at Newsweek International; and Elizabeth Green, who covered education for U.S. News & World Report and the now defunct New York Sun. Each fellow will receive a $75,000 stipend and will spend an academic year sabbatical at the Journalism School.

The fellowships are awarded in a competitive process based on the candidate’s proposal and ability to publish. The program is sponsored by the Spencer Foundation of Chicago and is open to journalists, educators and education policy researchers who want to develop a long-form reporting project to advance the understanding of the American education system. This is the second set of fellowships named in a $2 million grant award that covers four years.

“The Spencer Fellowship provides an invaluable opportunity for journalists to plumb the resources at Columbia University to deepen their knowledge about research in the field,” said Professor LynNell Hancock, an expert on education and child and family policy reporting who directs the fellows during their stay at the school. “Our hope is that each year, the fellows will produce deeply reported works of long-form narrative that will energize the nation’s understanding of education.”

All three journalists plan to use their fellowships to develop book projects during the academic year, which will run from September 2009 to May 2010. The award enables the reporters to take courses at Columbia University that will enhance their research. Each will be assigned a Columbia Journalism faculty mentor to help them shape their reporting and writing.