Education writer and columnist Education: Harvard College, BA in government; Harvard University, MA in East Asian regional studies Jay Mathews is an education columnist for The Washington Post, his employer for nearly 50 years. He is the author of nine books, including five about high schools. His 2009 book "Work Hard. Be Nice." about the birth and growth of the KIPP charter school network was a New York Times bestseller. He created and supervises the annual Challenge Index rankings of American high schools. He has won several awards for education writing and was given the Upton Sinclair award as “a beacon of light in the realm of education.” He has won the Eugene Meyer Award for distinguished service to The Washington Post. Honors & Awards:
Upton Sinclair award in 2009 as "a beacon of light in the realm of education"
Eugene Meyer award in 2006 for distinguished service to the Washington Post
Benjamin Fine Education Awards in 1999 for best column and for best story on a single subject
Education Writers Associatlon Award in 1984 for series on job training