Let’s start the new year off gently with some education journalism job news:

Over the weekend, you may have heard the voice of Lee Hale on NPR, reporting about the challenges of being a special education teacher (It’s Not Easy Teaching Special Ed). Hale, one of three Kroc fellows, is apparently the newest member of the NPR ed team. You can find him on Twitter at @337hale.

Meanwhile, MinnPost has named its replacement for Beth Hawkins (Erin Hinrichs joins MinnPost as education reporter). Between controversial efforts to lessen racial inequalities in St. Paul and rumors about books and service shutdowns in MPS, she’s got her work cut out for her. She can be found at @EHinrichsNews.

What else? Chalkbeat NY’s Geoff Decker (@GDeckernews) recently left to join ACUE — no replacement’s been named formally. Maura Walz (@maurawalz) recently left Chalkbeat to become editor at KPCC LA (the public radio affiliate there). Can you name the “Hamilton” song referenced in her Twitter bio?

As you may recall, AP recently announced a new education beat team that included a part-time national education reporter (Jennifer Kerr). Still no word on who’s going to be the on-air correspondent replacing John Merrow in the new PBS NewsHour/EdWeek collaboration (along with John Tulenko). Still no word on a national education reporter for the WSJ, replacing Stephanie Banchero and Caroline Porter.  

Any updates or information about job moves, openings, and the like, please let me know at

Alexander Russo

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