Education Week Video (formerly Learning Matters TV) is a media-production division of Education Week, the nation’s premier independent source for pre-K-12 news, analysis, and commentary. Education Week Video produces segments for the PBS NewsHour and edweek.org, as well as other platforms, on timely education issues, from the early years through college and careers.
Learning Matters, founded by John Merrow in 1995, was acquired by Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit publisher of Education Week, in August 2015. The acquisition allowed Education Week to expand its multiplatform journalism, increase its commitment to television and digital video, and build on Learning Matters’ history of producing award-winning education coverage.
Education Week reporters and editors, correspondents, and producers develop a wide range of video and audio stories about schooling in America, shining a light on best practices in the field as well as the issues and challenges facing schools, educators, students, and communities. The acquisition united the strengths and sensibilities of two well-regarded organizations: Education Week, with a reputation as the trusted newspaper of record on education, and Learning Matters TV, with its history of powerful storytelling and broadcast excellence.
Education Week has been the most comprehensive information source for K-12 professionals, researchers, policymakers, and advocates since 1981, with daily news and insights as well as provocative commentary distributed across multiple digital channels and in a weekly newspaper.
The Learning Matters team has produced more than 30 documentaries and filed hundreds of reports for the PBS NewsHour, earning Emmy nominations and a coveted George Foster Peabody Award.
David Wald, Supervising Video Producer
David Wald has produced and edited newsmagazine stories, documentaries, and series television for the major networks and cable channels. He was senior producer on Michael Moore’s groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning magazine show “TV Nation”; co-created and produced the Emmy and Peabody award-winning CBS News series “Everybody Has a Story”; produced a documentary series about women doctors across the U.S. and another about the intrepid women and men of “Doctors Without Borders,” filmed in often-dangerous countries.
At Learning Matters, David oversaw news segments on a range of topics, including common-core standards and the opt-out movement, Internet access in rural communities, and the lasting impact of Hurricane Katrina on schooling in New Orleans.
John D. Tulenko, Senior Video Producer/Correspondent
John D. Tulenko is a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and senior video producer for Education Week Video. In addition to multiple awards from the Education Writers Association, John has received two Emmy nominations for NewsHour reports: “Disappearing Dropouts” (2005) and “Turnaround Specialist” (2007). Additionally, he received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2000 for the documentary “School Sleuth.” His recent work has examined literacy in the early grades, career and technical education, common-core testing, Internet access in rural communities, and other subjects in education.
Cat McGrath, Video Producer
Cat McGrath began producing for Learning Matters and reporting on education for the PBS NewsHour in the fall of 2007. She earned national recognition for her coverage of Michelle Rhee’s school reform efforts in the District of Columbia and has reported on a wide variety of topics including the Common Core State Standards, arts education, and early-childhood education. In 2014, she produced the documentary “School Sleuth: Case of the Wired Classroom,” featuring veteran education reporter John Merrow, which has aired on PBS stations across the country. She has also associate- and field-produced on numerous programs for The History Channel, A&E television, “American Experience,” and KRON4 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to her career in television, Cat honed her production skills in San Francisco on independent films and music videos, as well as in the theater.
Amanda Morales, Communications and Administrative Director
Amanda Morales began working with Learning Matters in 2006, managing internal and external affairs, and engaging the public in the conversation around its education-focused segments and documentaries. From 2009 to 2012, she curated Learning Matters’ programming at the JCC Manhattan, a public-conversation series that featured leading thinkers in education, including Sal Khan, Wendy Kopp, Dave Levin, Diane Ravitch, and Eva Moskowitz. She has spearheaded community outreach around the documentary films “Discounted Dreams”; “Rebirth: New Orleans”; and “School Sleuth: The Case of the Wired Classroom.” Most recently, she produced the segment “Voced 2.0: Preparing Students for College or Careers,” for the PBS NewsHour.
Carmen Rojas, Communications Assistant
Carmen Rojas started her career with Learning Matters in early 2010. Since then, she has had a number of roles from office management, promotion, and marketing, to IT support, social media, and website maintenance. She has also assisted the production team and provided research for Learning Matters’ full-length documentaries, including “The Education of Michelle Rhee” and “School Sleuth,” as well as numerous PBS NewsHour segments and web videos.
Most recently, Carmen has worked on segments for the PBS NewsHour about common-core opposition, grade retention, charter schools, project-based learning, and the issues affecting today’s newest teachers.
Jessica Windt, Video Producer
Jessica Windt enjoys the entire production process, from finding the story to putting it together in the edit room. She got her start as an intern with the long-time documentary filmmaker Roger Weisberg on his films “Aging Out” and “Waging a Living.” Since then, she has worked on a number of news and public-affairs programs for PBS, including “Wide Angle,” “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly,” and “In the Life.” She co-produced “Resilience,” an award-winning feature documentary about the impact of international adoption for a mother and son. Her first editing credit was on “The Prep School Negro,” a personal documentary that explores race and privilege. In 2011, she joined Learning Matters as an editor on the feature documentary “Rebirth: New Orleans” and then stayed to work on regular segments for the PBS NewsHour. Recently she edited and co-produced another Learning Matters’ special, “School Sleuth: The Case of the Wired Classroom,” which aired on PBS stations.
Education Week Video is supported by foundations and donors.
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