Jackie Mader is multimedia editor of The Hechinger Report. She has covered pre-K-12 education and teacher preparation nationwide, with a focus on the rural south. Her work has appeared in The Denver Post, the Sun Herald and The Clarion-Ledger, as well as on Time.com, The Atlantic and NBCNews.com. She was the winner of the 2013 Front Page Award for In-Depth Newspaper Reporting from The Newswomen’s Club of New York, as well as the 2014 Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award from the New York Press Club. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and an Master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to attending Columbia, she taught special education in Charlotte, North Carolina, and trained first-year teachers in the Mississippi Delta.