Leah Clapman is a journalism and education entrepreneur who created Student Reporting Labs, a video journalism training initiative in over 130 schools and 42 states that translates NewsHour values of excellence, responsibility and trust into an innovative project-based learning program. She also founded NewsHour Extra, which provides lesson plans and PBS Learning Media curricula for teachers.
Leah began her career in the online department, building the NewsHour’s website as managing editor and then followed her interest in education to develop strategies and original content to engage K-12 students with current events, civics and public media. She also helped launch and manage “Making the Grade,” the NewsHour’s weekly focus on education issues, policy and practice, and “Rethinking College,” the NewsHour’s annual series on change and innovation in higher ed.
Leah’s work at the intersection of education and journalism has made her a repeat presenter at the SXSW Interactive and Education festivals, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) among other conferences, and garnered awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Association for Media Literacy Education and PBS Education.
Leah graduated from Princeton University and lives in Washington, DC with her two children and husband, an American history teacher and musician.
Leah's Most Recent Stories
June 21, 2017
Washington, D.C. – PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (@reportinglabs) is excited to announce the selection of Sophie Sabin for the first Gwen Ifill Fellowship at a local PBS station. Sophie will spend the summer working at New Jersey’s public television … Continue reading →
May 8, 2017
Washington, D.C. (May 8, 2017) — Twenty talented youth storytellers from 13 states will convene in the nation’s capital this summer with the common objective to advance the future of journalism and public media. The middle and high school fellows … Continue reading →
January 26, 2016
Sean Varner long tried to hide his love of dance from his peers. But over time, he’s found a close group of friends who like him for who he is, and continues to use dance as a physical, emotional and creative outlet. Our Student Reporting Labs report as part of Outside the Box, a series on the ways that young people are challenging traditional gender stereotypes. Continue reading →
January 25, 2016
It started as a bet with her mom, but Lexi Dressing won a spot as starting kicker on her South Carolina high school football team. Our Student Reporting Labs report as part of Outside the Box, a series on the ways that young people are challenging traditional gender stereotypes. Continue reading →