John Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974, with the weekly series, “Options in Education.” In 1984, Merrow branched out into public television. He served as host of The Merrow Report, an award-winning documentary series, and currently is the Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Merrow’s work has taken him from community colleges to kindergarten classrooms, from the front lines of teacher protests to policy debates on Capitol Hill. His varied reporting has continually been on the forefront of education journalism.
In 1996, he founded our organization, Learning Matters, and we’ve been providing quality reporting on education issues ever since.
Below are some resources to find John’s work specifically; his career is so accomplished and varied at this point that we can’t link every single thing he’s ever done, but we can provide you a direction for everything. If you have questions about locating a specific program or radio broadcast, please contact us.
Taking Note blog
John blogs weekly at Taking Note. The blog is notable because he responds directly to individual commenters within the comments section, creating an authentic dialogue.
“He is, quite simply, the leading education journalist in America.” — Jim Lehrer
Old radio broadcasts
John was a correspondent for NPR for many years in the 1970s, as noted above. Not all his reports from that period are online, but you can find a good deal via our “Radio Vault” category on the homepage.
The Merrow Report
You can find many old Merrow Report episodes at our YouTube channel; many are also available for purchase via the Tribeca Film Institute Reframe Collection. You can also find several for purchase via Our Shop page.
“No one knows our schools and understands the fierce debates over them better than John Merrow.” — E.D. Hirsch Jr.
Books And Articles
John is also a prolific and acclaimed writer. His latest book, The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership, was released to great praise in February 2011 and has been deemed ‘eminently readable,’ ‘invaluable,’ and a ‘must-read’ by our nation’s top education leaders. A frequent contributor to USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and Education Week, Merrow is also the author of Choosing Excellence (2001) and Below C Level (2010), as well as co-editor of Declining by Degrees (2005).
“His thoughtful insights are invaluable for anyone concerned about children.” — Marian Wright Edelman
Public Speaking Appearances
John has spoken about education all over the world. We organized some of the recent clips onto one YouTube playlist. Here’s one example, from a 2011 speaking appearance at Google HQ:
John also maintains a regular discussion series at the JCC in Manhattan.