Leah Clapman

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.

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