«Class of 2009

Stephanie Banchero

education reporter, Chicago Tribune

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Banchero received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and her master’s from Columbia University. Her career in journalism began at the Salt Lake Tribune where she started as a copy clerk and soon became a reporter. In 1991, she moved to the Philadelphia Inquirer covering local governments, school districts, police and courts. She continued this work from 1993-1997 for the Charlotte Observer. In 1997, she became an education reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Since 2003, she has focused mainly on immersion reporting, writing long narrative pieces while still covering a daily education beat. She writes unflinching portraits of how the federal No Child Left Behind Act and other state and national education policies affect students and teachers in the classroom. Banchero has been awarded numerous awards for her work, including two first place awards from the national Education Writers Association, a first place writing award from the Missouri School of Journalism, The Harry Chapin Media Award, and honorable mentions from the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.