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
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 →
January 22, 2016
The digital divide and lack of reliable Internet access at home can put low-income and rural students at a real disadvantage. So when superintendent Darryl Adams took over one of the poorest school district in the nation, he made it a top priority to help his students get online 24/7. Special correspondent David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Continue reading →
April 7, 2015
Today we’re launching a new feature from our network of student reporters that explores what it means to feel safe and be safe at school. Continue reading →
December 19, 2014
Teen producers find and tell stories of young people making a difference in their communities for this special PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs feature. Continue reading →