While other outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, and LA Times are all beefing up their education coverage, a few places like the Wall Street Journal are going the other direction.

The outlet’s most recent national education reporter, Caroline Porter, is no longer at the paper and has not yet been replaced.  She replaced Stephanie Banchero in 2014, after Banchero departed for the Joyce Foundation. Porter’s last article for the paper came in the middle of the summer. That leaves regional reporters like Leslie Brody (who covers the NYC-NJ area) to handle education news.

The Journal isn’t the only national outlet without a national education reporter. AP has yet to replace Kimberly Hefling, who left for Politico earlier this year. While less publicized than at other outlets, the Journal has experienced budget cuts that have affected staffing levels this year and in the recent past, according to this Politico New York article from earlier in the year.

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Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at