Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel, Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton, and Education Editor Stephen Smith:

We are pleased to announce that Perry Stein will be joining the education team as the D.C. schools reporter, effective immediately.

Perry has had an enormous impact on local coverage since her arrival in January 2015. We hired Perry from the Washington City Paper into a new and amorphous role as “local blogger.” She turned that role into an invaluable presence online and in print. She has a keen digital sensibility and a great eye for stories.

She is remarkably prolific, finding story gems everywhere, including an A1 riff on how Pokemon Go put the little town of Occoquan, Va., on the map. But Perry proved how good she is at news when she took the lead last year on our coverage of the inauguration, the women’s march and the protests that followed.

She was the first to report that the crowd at the women’s march would be larger than the inauguration by searching bus parking permits and other hard-to-find documents. Perry also found a host of great stories in the weeks leading up to both events that homed in on trends, people and scoops.

She also has filled in on our education team numerous times since her arrival. She loves covering the schools and she’s good at it. She knows the city and the audience for education news.

Before joining City Paper, Perry was a reporter for The New Republic and a blogger at She also interned at The Wall Street Journal and the Miami Herald. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, and in addition to being proficient in Spanish, can speak basic Swahili.