About Us

Learning Matters is an award-winning 501 (c)(3) non-profit media production company focused on education. Our mission is to encourage and enrich public dialogue about education, youth and families.

Learning Matters has produced more than 30 documentaries and filed hundreds of reports for PBS NewsHour. Our work has taken us everywhere from community colleges to kindergarten classes, and from policy hearings to protest rallies. Unparalleled access to education’s leaders, long-term in-depth coverage, and scrupulous representation of complex issues are the hallmarks of our approach.

We stay on top of developing issues in education and no matter what the story is, our job at Learning Matters is to shine light on the successes — and setbacks — in our schools and districts, and report them clearly and fairly to the public. Our audience relies on us for reporting they trust and stories that matter.

Founded by John Merrow in 1995, Learning Matters establishes the standard of excellence for education journalism, informing the public about what’s happening inside our schools and setting the stage for national debate.

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On this website, you can view streaming video of our reporting for PBS NewsHour, full-length documentaries, podcasts, and more. To purchase DVD versions of these programs, visit our Shop. We also host two blogs - Taking Note, featuring John Merrow’s writings, and Why I Teach, in which teachers share their stories.


Staff and Board

Veteran PBS education correspondent John Merrow is the founder and president of Learning Matters. Learn more about our staff and leadership here.


Learning Matters is entirely supported by foundations and individual donors. Our current funders include the Brin Wojcicki Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Wallace Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation , the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Tietz Family Foundation.

Contact Us

For story ideas, feedback, and general questions or comments, contact nycvideo@epe.org.

Postal mail may be sent to the Learning Matters office at:

127 W. 26th St, #1200
New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212-725-7000
Fax: 212-725-2433

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