John Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974 with the weekly series, “Options in Education,” for which he received the George Polk Award in 1982. He is currently President of Learning Matters and scholar in residence at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford.
Since 1984 he has worked in public television as Education Correspondent for The PBS NewsHour and as host of his own series of documentaries, The Merrow Report. His work has been recognized with Peabody Awards in 2000 and 2006, Emmy nominations in 1984, 2005, and 2007, four CINE Golden Eagles and other reporting awards. A frequent contributor to USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Education Week, he is the author of Choosing Excellence (2001) and co-editor of Declining by Degrees (2005).
Merrow earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in American Studies from Indiana University, and a doctorate in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He received the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 2000 and the HGSE Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education in 2006. He is a Trustee of Teachers College, Columbia University.
He blogs regularly at Taking Note: Thoughts on Education.
John's Most Recent Stories
August 5, 2015
I have some news: I am retiring from the PBS NewsHour and Learning Matters. For the past 41 years I have been covering public education mostly here in the USA but also in China, Hong Kong, France and Spain. I … Continue reading →
May 13, 2015
When my wife and I moved recently, the process forced me to dig through piles of stuff and discard what I didn’t care enough about to pack and then unpack. In the process I came across some really good stuff, and that triggered this list of books, organizations, films, and websites that I value. Continue reading →
November 10, 2010
My jaw dropped when I learned of Joel Klein’s resignation as New York City Schools Chancellor. He’s labored long and hard in the nation’s largest school system and has achieved some noteworthy success, particularly the large network of small high … Continue reading →
September 15, 2010
Now that Adrian Fenty has lost his bid for a second term as mayor of the nation’s capital, the education world is buzzing about the fate of Michelle Rhee, his outspoken schools chancellor. Ms. Rhee has become a national figure, … Continue reading →