Reporter covering national education policy and trends, and the Education Department Education: Washington University in St. Louis, A.B. in political science and international development Laura Meckler is a national education writer for The Washington Post, where she covers national trends, federal policy and the Education Department. She came to The Post from the Wall Street Journal, where she covered presidential politics, the White House, changing American demographics, immigration and health care. Before that, she worked at the Associated Press Washington bureau and covered state government in Columbus, Ohio. She got her start writing about everything from schools and cops to the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival at the Repository in Canton, Ohio, about 50 miles south of her hometown of Cleveland. Meckler graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and serves on the board that oversees her college newspaper. Honors & Awards:
Nieman Fellowship, Harvard University, 2003-2004
Livingston Award for National Reporting, 1999
First place, Shutdown “Feddie,” for coverage of the government shutdown, National Press Foundation (team award), 2014
First place, Series, North American Agricultural Journalists (team award), 2008
Third place, Beat reporting, Association of Health Care Journalists, 2007
Professional Affiliations: Investigative Reporters and Editors; Board of directors, Washington University Student Media
Washington Post education reporter Laura Meckler takes listeners behind the reporting for her story “The test of their lives,” in which she spent months watching a public-school teacher and his students confront the challenges of life without a classroom.
Los Angeles takes schooling online this fall, as districts nationwide face the difficult task of balancing student needs with safety, political pressure and the global pandemic. Plus, a momentary respite for international college students.