EarlyStories is written by Liz Willen and Sarah Garland.
Willen joined the Hechinger Institute in March 2006 from Bloomberg Markets magazine, where she was a senior writer focusing on higher education. Willen spent the bulk of her career covering the New York City public school system for Newsday, where she was a reporter for 11 years. She has won numerous prizes for education coverage, including a first place award for magazine writing in 2005 from the Education Writers Association. She also shared the 2005 George Polk Award for health reporting with two Bloomberg colleagues and took first place for beat writing in education from the New York Newswoman’s Club in 2005. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and an active New York City public school parent.
Garland is a staff writer. She has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, Newsday, The New York Sun, The New York Post, The Village Voice, New York Magazine and Marie Claire. She was a 2009 recipient of the Spencer Fellowship in Education Reporting at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and received her master’s degree from New York University as a Henry M. MacCracken fellow. Garland’s first book, Gangs in Garden City: How Immigration, Segregation and Youth Violence Are Changing America’s Suburbs, was published by Nation Books in July 2009.
Early Stories is published by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, non-partisan news site supported by funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Foundation for Child Development and the Joyce Foundation.
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