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 Recent Stories
Education Apr 07The New Safe: Stories from the frontlines of school safety
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.
Education Dec 19Nine stories made by and about young people making a difference
Teen producers find and tell stories of young people making a difference in their communities for this special PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs feature.
Education Jun 19D.C. will wait a year to rate teachers with Common Core tests
D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Rhee’s predecessor and former deputy, announced Thursday that her district will take a break next year from tying teacher evaluations to students’ test scores. She said she still believes in using test scores to assess…
Nation Dec 01Government health care website shows improvement, but bugs remain
The worst of the online glitches, crashes and delays may be over for the problem-plagued government health care website, the Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.
Education Oct 11Malala, your courage has inspired us
A year after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen while coming home from school, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai has brought her campaign for education, especially for girls in all regions of the world, to the U.S. On Friday, Malala…
World Aug 27Syria’s Fragmented Future
EmbedVideo(7242, 514, 320); Andrew Tabler, Senior Fellow at the The Washington Institute for Near East Policy joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Washington DC to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. Today White House Spokesman Jay Carney made the administration's…
Science Aug 0712 Facts About Hellbender Salamanders
List compiled by Rebecca Jacobson. Read our full Science Wednesday report. They have lungs, but they breathe completely through pores in their skin. Their name Cryptobranchus means “secret gill.” They are the third largest species of salamanders in…
Nation Feb 15Arm Teachers or Ban Video Games? Students Debate in Google Hangout
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has made many schools rethink their safety procedures. It has also sparked emotional debates about the roots of violence. To find out how the tragedy has affected young people, we…
Politics Nov 30Shields and Brooks on X Tax, Hoosiers and the Irish
Gentle people of the World Wide Web, welcome to another edition of the Doubleheader where we talk about the sport of politics and the politics of sport with none other than New York Times columnist David Brooks and…
Education Jun 22Students in ‘Dropout Factory’ Schools Explore Why Kids Quit
Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma, according to data compiled by Education Week. For Hispanic and African American students, the proportion drops to about 50 percent. And there are currently more than…