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John Merrow

  • Fmr Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour
  • President of Learning Matters
  • Educational Journalist

John Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio over 40 years ago with the weekly series, Options in Education, for which he received the George Polk Award in 1982. For over four decades, he served as Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and is currently President of Learning Matters, an independent production company based in New York City.


Speaker Media

Why Education Reform Keeps Failing Students
Wisdom from four decades of education reporting
The Influence of Teachers
Speaking at Yale School of Music
McGraw Prize Winner in Education
Premiere Speakers Bureau Reviews
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Text Reviews
  • Your tremendous knowledge of Charter Schools made you the perfect person to lead the discussion. Please know our attendees loved the panel & rated it highly. I truly learned from your moderating techniques and hope to work with you again.
  • Angela, National Seminar Organizer - National Association of Public Charter Schools
  • Your presentation last weekend at our meeting in Washington, DC just knocked the ball out of the park! Thank you so much. Our people were talking about it all weekend, and in fact they’re still talking about it. To have the opportunity to interact with a critical friend with such a depth of experience is very unusual.
  • James Harvey, Executive Director - National Superintendents Roundtable
  • You were absolutely superb -- from asking probing questions to keeping the panelists and audience on-task. You were on fire!  And we were overwhelmed with your closing and call for support of our organization.   We are so grateful! The panelists and audience were also energized.  We could not have asked for more.
  • Kay Louie, Executive Director - Educacy

John's Blog

Still the Toughest Job in America
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS WHOare familiar with my work probably associate me with former District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Mi...

The biggest regret from a 41-year...
By the time he retired last October, John Merrow had had a 41-year bird's eye view of American schools as a journalist with...

Podcast | Lessons from John Merrow's...
Following up to John Merrow's recent retirement as a special correspondent for PBS Newshour after more than fortyyears, he was ...

PBS Newshour Correspondent John...
After over four decades years of impeccable coverage on current affairs in classrooms across the country, educational journal...

Why Failure is Crucial for A...
If you're at all like me, somewhere in your home you have at least one can of WD-40®, because the stuff works wonders. If you t...

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