John Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974 and recently stepped down as President of Learning Matters, a non-profit production company in New York City. In 2012 he became the first journalist to be honored with the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education, often referred to as “education’s Nobel Prize.”
Since 1984 Merrow has worked in public television as Education Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and as host of his own series of documentaries. His work has been recognized with Peabody Awards, Emmy nominations, four CINE Golden Eagles and other reporting awards. An occasional contributor to the opinion pages of USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Education Week, he is the author of The Influence of Teachers(2011) and Choosing Excellence (2001) and co-editor of Declining by Degrees (2005). He blogs weekly. Merrow lives in New York City with his wife.