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Tonight on the PBS NewsHour John Merrow makes what he’s describing as his final appearance — an interview with cohost Judy Woodruff “to reflect on the last 41 years of covering education.”

Merrow and I have had our disagreements, but my overwhelming feeling towards him is one of admiration and respect. He started reporting on education way before it was anything most folks considered remotely interesting, found spots on NPR and PBS to do an enormous amount of good work, and kept his independence all along the way.

He also did stalwart duty as a member of the Education Writers Association, and has always been generous with support and advice.  

If there’s a party to celebrate his accomplishments and someone invites me, I’ll be there. 

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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