Ben Herold

Benjamin Herold is a 2019-20 Spencer Fellow in Education Journalism at the Columbia University Journalism School. Herold is also a technology reporter at Education Week, where he has led an award-winning investigation into the nation’s online charter schools, and detailed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s multi-billion-dollar foray into public education. He has appeared on PBS Newshour, Radio Times, Think Out Loud, and The Big Picture with Oliver Knox. Prior to joining Education Week in 2013, Herold covered the Philadelphia school district for WHYY public radio and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, winning first-place awards from the Education Writers Association as the nation's top education beat reporter and for his feature reporting on Philadelphia's mass school closings. He has a master's degree in urban education from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he currently lives with his family. His first book, Disillusioned: How The Suburbs and Their Public Schools Undermine the American Dream is forthcoming from Penguin Press.