Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel and Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton:
We are thrilled to announce that veteran journalist Stephen Smith will start as The Post’s new education editor next week.
Steve comes to us from The Boston Globe, where he had been City Editor since 2011. As City Editor, Steve helped direct the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the Marathon bombings, homing in on the drama and wide reach of that huge event very early on. In addition, Steve ran several major projects for the Globe, including a series about death and neglect in nursing homes that resulted in meaningful reforms. He also oversaw one of the country’s first enterprise series about the opioid crisis. Before Steve became an editor, for nearly a decade he was a reporter on the health and science, from which he covered Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti among other major news stories.
Steve takes over the reins of the education team at a crucial time in public schools and on college campuses. The Trump administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are trying to introduce choice and vouchers, while teachers’ unions fight the move. Colleges and universities are struggling with defining free speech as neo-Nazis march on campuses and enjoy invitations from student groups.
Steve is ideally suited to bring even more order and enterprise to The Post’s already successful education coverage. He has spent a successful career making hard stories accessible, keeping watch for vulnerable people and jumping into news with energy and smarts.
He leaves behind a devoted following at The Globe, who sing his praises as a reporter’s editor. In fact, when The Post’s ex-Globe contingent found out he was interviewing for the job, they couldn’t tell us fast enough about his abilities to improve coverage and stories.
Steve came to The Globe from the Miami Herald, where he also covered health. There, he wrote one of the first series connecting the AIDS crisis to minority communities.
Steve has a BS in journalism from Northwestern University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in the 1999-2000 academic year.
Please join us in making him feel at home when he starts Monday.