School Stories is a publication produced by students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The site is overseen by LynNell Hancock and Barbara Kantrowitz, who teach a semester-long seminar on education reporting.
Matt Collette is a reporter and radio producer spending the year at Columbia Journalism School. He works as an intern at WNYC’s business desk and as an education reporter embedded at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. Originally from Connecticut, he’s worked for publications across New England. Follow him on Twitter at @matt_pc or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annette Konoske-Graf is a bare-footed Southern California native who loves writing, teaching, and scuba diving. After studying political science and Spanish at Berkeley, she moved to Miami, Florida, where she taught ninth and tenth-grade literature in Little Haiti. She was one of seven district finalists and runner-up for the 2012 Francisco R. Walker Rookie Teacher of the Year Award, and the winner from the Educational Transformation Office Region of Miami-Dade County. The Educational Transformation Office serves the twenty-seven high-needs schools within the District. Now, at Columbia Journalism School, she seeks to write about the most magical (and potentially disastrous) place in the world: the classroom. Contact her at email@example.com.
Madeleine Cummings grew up in Toronto and has a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, where she majored in Canadian Studies and English. She’s written for Exclaim!, City Limits, Manhattan Times, and Our Town Downtown, among other publications. She is also a lifelong distance runner, having competed for McGill, University of Toronto Track Club, and Toronto Olympic Club. Follow her @MadCummings, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oghene Oyiborhoro was born in Harlem, raised in Brooklyn, and spent some time on Long Island. He is a graduate of the George Washington University, where he studied History. His passion for writing is borne out of a sense that most people in society have stories they want told. Moreover, in this burgeoning social media era writing serves as an adept way to communicate across all platforms, media, and societies. Oghene graduates from Columbia University in May. Contact him at email@example.com .
Peggy Barmore is a product of New York City public schools and has a B.A. in English and Spanish from the State University of New York at Albany. She comes to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism following more than two decades working for New York State United Teachers in Albany. This marks her return to journalism after an early career in Albany-area radio news and as a reporter for Capital Newspapers in Albany. She is embedded in P-TECH in Brooklyn, the nation’s first 9-14 high school where students graduate with an associate degree in applied science. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @PeggyBarmore.
José Luis a native of Del Rio, Texas, José earned a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Rochester and a law degree from St. Mary’s University. After college, he taught 5th grade for Teach for America in Miami. Recently he practiced labor and employment law at a Houston-based law firm. Follow him on Twitter @joseluismunoz8 or email him email@example.com
Annum Khan, 22, is a 2013 graduate of the University of California, Irvine where she majored in literary journalism and global cultures, with a primary emphasis on the Pacific Rim and secondary emphasis on Hispanic/US Latino studies. She has worked with high school and middle school aged children in mentoring and support service programs as well as home tutoring. She was the director of media and communications for the higher education policy blog, ucregentlive.wordpress.