About Us

HechingerEd is the staff blog of The Hechinger Report and is written by:


Liz Willen is interim director of The Hechinger Report. She is a former senior writer focused on higher education at Bloomberg Markets magazine. Willen spent the bulk of her career covering the New York City public school system for Newsday. She has won numerous prizes for education coverage and shared the 2005 George Polk Award for health reporting with two Bloomberg colleagues. Willen is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and an active New York City public school parent.

Sarah Butrymowicz writes for The Hechinger Report. She received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. As an undergraduate, she worked as a news editor and managing editor for the Tufts Daily, and she interned at both the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin and USA Today.

Sarah Garland is a staff writer at The Hechinger Report. She has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, Newsday, The New York Sun, The New York Post, The Village Voice, New York Magazine and Marie Claire. Garland was a 2009 recipient of the Spencer Fellowship in Education Reporting at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and received her master’s degree from New York University as a Henry M. MacCracken fellow. Her first book, Gangs in Garden City: How Immigration, Segregation and Youth Violence Are Changing America’s Suburbs, was published by Nation Books in July 2009.

Justin Snider is a contributing editor at The Hechinger Report. He teaches undergraduate writing at Columbia University, where he is also completing his doctorate in Politics and Education. Snider’s research interests include school reform, press coverage of education, urban politics and transatlantic relations. Previously, he taught high school English and advised student publications in the United States, Austria and Hong Kong. A California native, Snider is a graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago, the University of Vienna and Harvard University.

HechingerEd is published by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, non-partisan news site supported by funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Foundation for Child Development and the Joyce Foundation.

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