Maura Walz joined the EdNews team as managing editor in 2013. Before moving to Colorado, she covered public education in Georgia for the Southern Education Desk and Georgia Public Broadcasting. She previously reported on New York City public schools for EdNews’ sister site, GothamSchools. There she was part of a reporting team that won National Awards for Education Reporting in 2009 and 2010 for best journalism blog.
In addition to her work in Georgia and New York, Walz has written about education issues around the country for NBCNews.com and the Carnegie-Knight online journalism initiative News21. She came to journalism and the education beat after working as an editor of scholarly research databases outside of Washington, D.C.
She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she won the Richard J. Blood Prize for Excellence in Reporting in 2009.
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Todd Engdahl, EdNews capitol editor, has more than three decades of experience in Colorado journalism and public affairs reporting.
His reporting on education issues in the Colorado legislature and from key state agencies like the State Board of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education has brought EdNews readers a level of detail, insight and analysis unavailable in any other Colorado media outlet.
Before helping found EdNews in January 2008, Engdahl had an extensive career at The Denver Post. He covered state government and political campaigns during the 1970s and later directed political coverage as an assistant city editor.
From 1985 to 1995, he was executive city editor, supervising the newspaper’s local and state coverage.
In 1995, Engdahl started denverpost.com, Denver’s first online news site. He ran the site for eight years, taking it from an online magazine to a full web news service.
From 2003 to 2007, Engdahl was assistant editor of The Post’s editorial pages, helping guide the paper’s editorial policy, producing the Sunday Perspective section and overseeing guest commentaries for the section.
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Julie Poppen, editor of both EdNews Voices and EdNews Parent, joined the EdNews team in March 2010 to create and run a section for parents interested in hot K-12 issues, from teacher quality to healthy schools. Today, she is editing two sections and doing some reporting too. Poppen has worked as a journalist for two decades, beginning as a reporter for City News Bureau of Chicago. Over the years, she has covered a range of issues, including K-12 and higher education in Michigan and Colorado, and won a variety of awards.
Poppen was a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News until it closed. While at the Rocky, she and former EdNews colleague Nancy Mitchell and EdNews blogger Holly Yettick spent a year chronicling issues faced by newly minted teachers. At the Rocky, she also broke a story picked up worldwide in 2002 that questioned claims of genius surrounding a 6-year-old boy. At the Daily Camera in Boulder, Poppen spent a year closely monitoring the inaugural year of an innovative charter middle school that emphasized experiential education.
Poppen also blogs for Mile High Mamas and teaches journalism courses as an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, the University of Colorado at Boulder. She lives in Boulder with her husband and 9-year-old daughter, who attends her neighborhood school.
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Schimke launched her journalism career as a copy aide, eventually becoming a freelance writer for The Washington Post in 1997. In 2000, she moved to Michigan and became the primary K-12 education reporter at The Ann Arbor News, covering issues ranging from school re-segregation to the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act.
After covering education issues for five years, Schimke went on to earn a master’s degree in education policy from the University of Michigan. Subsequently, she worked as a family advocate in Ann Arbor, helping homeless students in several area districts access transportation, financial assistance and academic help.
In 2008, Schimke moved with her family to Colorado, working as a freelance writer and editor for several local publications. She joined EdNews in 2012.
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Alan Gottlieb, publisher of the Education News Network, spent 15 years as a newspaper journalist before moving into the world of education policy. From 1997 until June 2007, Gottlieb served as education program officer at The Piton Foundation in Denver. Among other endeavors during that time, Alan launched and supported programs and initiatives that promoted socio-economic school integration.
Gottlieb also founded and edited The Term Paper, a Piton publication focused on education issues. In 2006, he became editor of HeadFirst Colorado, a statewide education magazine. HeadFirst ultimately became Education News Colorado.
From 1988-97, Gottlieb was a reporter with The Denver Post. His work focused primarily on urban social issues, including public housing, homelessness, and, from 1995-7, Denver Public Schools. His coverage of DPS earned several statewide journalism awards.
Gottlieb is the author of In the Shadow of the Rockies (Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1994), a book about the inaugural season of Denver’s Major League baseball team. His first novel, Ultimate Excursions (Paandaa Entertainment), was published in 2008.
A native of Chicago’s South Side, Gottlieb has a B.A. in English for The Colorado College and an M.S.J. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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