Our Mission

The 74 is a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America. Our public education system is in crisis. In the United States, less than half of our students can read or do math at grade-level, yet the education debate is dominated by misinformation and political spin. Our mission is to lead an honest, fact-based conversation about how to give America’s 74 million children under the age of 18 the education they deserve.
Our stories are backed by investigation, expertise, and experience. The 74’s reporting aims to challenge the status quo, expose corruption and inequality, and champion the heroes who bring positive change to our schools.
There are 74 million children in America. There are 74 million reasons to talk about education. Join the conversation.
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Our Staff

Campbell Brown

Co-Founder

Award winning journalist Campbell Brown is the co-founder of The 74, a non-profit news site that covers education and education reform issues around the country. Prior to launching The 74, Brown founded the Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ), a non-profit that supports parents pushing for great public schools through advocacy and legal action. PEJ is currently helping parents in New York sue the state, challenging teacher tenure, last-in first-out laws and special dismissal protections on constitutional grounds. Brown began her career as a journalist covering stories around the globe for NBC News, where she was recognized for her outstanding reporting on a range of issues and topics including the 2000 Presidential election and Hurricane Katrina. Brown later hosted her own primetime show on CNN. Brown has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and Slate.

Romy Drucker

Co-Founder & CEO

Romy Drucker is the co-founder and CEO of The 74. Prior to launching The 74, Romy worked at the New York City Department of Education on Mayor Bloomberg’s transformational Children First reforms. Most recently, Romy served as chief of staff for the Division of Portfolio Planning. There, she worked on citywide school planning efforts including new district and charter school development and school phase outs, implementation of the Federal School Improvement Grant program, K-12 admissions, and early childhood education. Romy has also served as a director of strategy under the Department’s Chief Operating Officer, Special Assistant to Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, and as deputy to the Chief Executive Officer of The Fund for Public Schools, which has raised several hundred million dollars for innovative educational programs serving New York City's 1.1 million students.  Romy graduated cum laude from Yale College with a B.A. in literature and Spanish language & literature and earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Steve Snyder

Editorial Director

Steve Snyder is the editorial director of The 74. Prior to joining The 74, Steve managed both print and digital teams at a variety of national outlets including TIME, where he served as assistant managing editor. At TIME, Steve steered daily digital news coverage and assisted with the launch of new verticals, apps, podcasts, and homepage redesigns. Most recently, Steve served as editorial development director at PEOPLE where he spearheaded entertainment, human interest, and viral news coverage optimized for the social web that resulted in a 20% increase in social readership. Earlier, as both editor with NBCOlympics.com and featured columnist with the New York Sun, he oversaw the creation of new digital strategies and local beats. Steve received his masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he produced coverage of campaign finance irregularities in New York State that was later published on the front page of the Albany Times-Union. As an undergrad at the University of Minnesota, he served as an editor at The Minnesota Daily, specializing in campus reporting and coverage of local education issues.

Kathy Moore

Executive Editor

Kathy Moore is the executive editor of The 74. Prior to joining The 74, Kathy was the local content and watchdog editor for The Journal News/lohud.com where she led a team of digitally driven reporters and editors covering the three counties north of New York City. She had a specialized focus on investigative reporting in the areas of taxes, education, transportation, government, guns, and the heroin epidemic. She spearheaded the news site's most ambitious projects, including a special section marking the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a series on the dysfunction of the Orthodox-controlled East Ramapo schools that won a national award for digital innovation, and an investigation into the costs and abuses of police and firefighter disability pensions in the northern suburbs. She received her journalism degree from Boston University.

Bev Weintraub

Executive Editor

Bev Weintraub is executive editor of The 74. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, she was a member of the New York Daily News Editorial Board for 10 years, specializing in education, homelessness, mental health, gun control and aviation, among other issues. In 2007, she and two colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for a series of editorials examining the mysterious illnesses afflicting World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers after 9/11. She was copy desk chief at The News before becoming an editorial writer and most recently has served as chief speechwriter for New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, senior editor for Success Academy Charter Schools and owner/editor-in-chief of The Flying Typewriter freelance media consultancy. She graduated cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a B.A. in linguistics and a minor in political science.

David Cantor

Executive Editor

David is editor-at-large and senior writer of The 74. Prior to joining The 74, David consulted for large urban school districts and a range of education groups, including advocacy and research organizations, charter schools, teachers unions, publishers, philanthropists, Common Core designers, and universities. He oversaw education practices at two New York City strategy firms and served in the Bloomberg administration for five years as chief spokesman for the Department of Education. Before entering education, David worked at the Anti-Defamation League managing a team that responded to domestic terrorism and bigotry. He wrote and spoke extensively about hate groups, far-right ideology, and religion and politics. David grew up in New England and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University. 

Laura Greanias

West Coast Bureau Chief, Executive Editor of LA School Report

Laura Greanias is West Coast bureau chief of The Seventy Four and executive editor of LA School Report. Most recently Laura was city editor of the Los Angeles Daily News, which she joined after helping the Long Beach Press-Telegram fight off the Orange County Register’s expansion into Long Beach -- possibly the last print newspaper war. She served 15 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she was executive news editor / deputy front page editor, foreign news editor and morning assignment editor on the city desk, as well as its first web editor. She has edited more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books, including Google’s first-ever fiction which won the national 2014 Digital Book Award for transmedia. Laura is a Minnesota native and a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Emmeline Zhao

Senior Editor for Special Projects

Mitchell Trinka

Director of Engagement & Product

Mitchell Trinka is a multimedia journalist who resides in New York. Mitchell began his career in journalism at a small weekly in upstate New York on election night 2005, and never looked back. He earned a degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2010 and has since worked as an editor with the The New York Times on its hyperlocal Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Local blog, as a multimedia teaching fellow for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, Fordham University and Baruch College, and as the Director of Engagement for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
When he's not online, you can find him fly fishing in small rivers.

Andrew Rotherham

Senior Editor

Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a national non-profit organization working to support educational innovation and improve educational outcomes for low-income students.  He is also the executive editor of Real Clear Education, part of the Real Clear Politics family of news and analysis websites, writes the blog Eduwonk.com, and is the co-publisher of “Education Insider,” a federal policy analysis tool produced by Whiteboard Advisors. Rotherham previously served at the White House as special assistant to the president for domestic policy during the Clinton administration and is a former member of the Virginia Board of Education. He was education columnist for TIME and a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report.
Rotherham is the author or co-author of more than 250 published articles, book chapters, papers, and op-eds about education policy and politics and is the author or editor of four books on educational policy. He serves on advisory boards and committees for a variety of organizations including Education Pioneers, The Broad Foundation, the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) and the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington. Rotherham is Vice Chair of the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

James Fields

Video Director

Jim is a documentary filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY. His feature film “End of the Century: the Story of the Ramones” premiered at Slamdance and the Berlin Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2005. PBS broadcast the film nationally on “Independent Lens” in 2006. As the director of video at TIME.com, Jim produced numerous short documentaries on a range of topics from immigration to space and technology. His work has also been broadcast on VH-1, The History Channel, MTV, and the Discovery Channel.

Esmeralda Fabián Romero

Senior Editor

Esmeralda Fabián Romero is a bilingual journalist who has worked for some of the most prominent Latino media outlets in the U.S. including La Opinión, the leading Spanish-language newspaper in the nation.Fabián has also collaborated for the Los Angeles Times’ Spanish publication HOY and FOX News Latino. She was a news producer for the national newscast Noticias MundoFOX.

The National Association of Hispanic Publications awarded her reporting work on education in 2012 and 2013 with the National Association of Hispanic Publications’ Jose Martin Publishing Award for outstanding education article.

In 2014, her journalistic work allowed her to become a fellow of the Loyola Journalist Law School from Loyola Law School. She was selected from a group of journalists from around the nation who applied for the fellowship where she was the only reporter selected from a Spanish-language media outlet. She has also been selected several times as a fellow by New America Media.

Beth Hawkins

Senior Writer & National Correspondent

Carolyn Phenicie

Senior Writer & DC Correspondent

Carolyn Phenicie is a senior writer and DC correspondent for The 74 based in Washington, D.C., covering Congress, the Education Department, and the White House. Before joining The 74, she covered preschool, K-12 and higher education, and labor for Congressional Quarterly. Carolyn also previously covered committee markups and floor action for CQ, and the vitamin and over-the-counter drug industries for The Tan Sheet, a trade publication. Carolyn graduated with honors from American University with a bachelor's degree in print journalism. She also holds a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Mark Keierleber

Senior Writer-Reporter

Mark Keierleber is a senior writer-reporter at The 74. Previously, Mark was a reporter at the Student Press Law Center, a Washington, D.C.-based legal assistance agency, where he reported on government transparency and First Amendment issues relevant to students and educators. He also edited the nonprofit organization's news magazine and website. His reporting has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Courier-Journal. A Wyoming native, he graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper.

Kate Stringer

Senior Writer & Digital Producer

Kate Stringer is a senior writer and digital producer at The 74. She has national and local reporting experience across newspapers, digital news sites, and magazines. Kate started her career as an education reporter at the News-Review in Southern Oregon covering schools, city governments, and non-profits. During that time, she won the state's top award for feature writing. She first delved into national education policy writing during an internship in Washington D.C. at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Kate has a background in solutions journalism from YES! Magazine where she wrote about the environment and education. Kate graduated magna cum laude from the University of Portland in 2014 where she studied English, education, and communications. A Pacific Northwest native, she enjoys rainfall, the Oxford comma, and deep Harry Potter discussions.

Mike Szymanski

Reporter

Mike Szymanski previously worked as a journalist for Studio City Patch, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, E! Online, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was the Movies Editor for Zap2it.com. His freelance work has appeared in US Magazine, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, New York Newsday and many other publications.
He has won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers, Valley Press Club, Lambda Literary Awards and Hearst Awards for Newswriting and Investigative Reporting. He also teaches journalism at UCLA Extension and guest lectures at local public and private schools in journalism and writing.

Sarah Favot

Reporter

Sarah Favot is a writer/reporter for LA School Report and The 74 specializing in data-driven, investigative and political reporting. Sarah covered Los Angeles County government and courts as well as breaking news, crime and education at the Los Angeles Daily News. Before that she was at the Pasadena Star-News, where she was the lead data reporter and writer on an 18-month investigation into unsolved homicides in Los Angeles County. Sarah is native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where she was a high school student representative on the school board. She began her reporting career in 2009 at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting while working toward her master’s degree in journalism at Boston University. Sarah sits on the board of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter Society of Professional Journalists and has been a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) since 2009. She is passionate about baking, running and the Detroit Tigers.

Kevin Mahnken

Editorial Fellow

Kevin is an Editorial Fellow of The 74. He has helped coordinate the publication of dozens of research studies, white papers, and book chapters at Washington D.C.'s Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He also wrote and edited articles for the institute's website. His coverage of education news and politics included pieces on testing, curriculum, and school discipline.

Before moving to education coverage, Kevin wrote about national politics and culture for The New Republic, where he served as a reporter and fact checker. His coverage there ranged from Obamacare implementation to the government shutdown to horrible advertisements for tequila. Prior to that, he interned at the National Endowment for the Humanities and the United States Senate. His freelance work has been published in the Atlantic, the Daily News, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.