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.