Big news on education front:
As many of you know, Dana Goldstein has moved from the education beat to a new beat, which measures how Americans are living today.
In this role, Dana will use storytelling, data and insights from research to shed light on how challenges in housing, health, the labor market, urban planning, child care and — yes, at times — schooling, have put pressure on families of every shape and size. You can already see the results of her work in pieces on suburban mothers, aging alone and child care.
She will cover politics and policymaking around these issues and delve into demographic news, working frequently with Rob Gebeloff, National’s data whiz.
Over the last five years, Dana Goldstein has made her mark on the education beat — braiding together her deep knowledge of the field, data analysis and narrative. She has helped lead the coverage, making education a must-read at The Times. Just look at her work over the past year: a devastating portrait of Lucy Calkins, a literacy guru; a startling look at rejected Florida textbooks; and an incisive analysis of the futility of school safety measures.
We are also excited to announce that Vimal Patel, who has done a stellar job on the Express desk, will be joining the Education desk, focused on free speech issues.
He has written about higher education for more than seven years at The Chronicle of Higher Education. At The Chronicle, Vimal covered a variety of beats, including graduate education, student success and campus culture. He wrote cover stories about a massive verdict against Oberlin College for how it handled student protests that accused a local bakery of racism, Idaho lawmakers’ confrontation with higher education, and the reckoning the University of North Carolina faced over its since-toppled Silent Sam Confederate monument.
For the last year, Vimal has been a night breaking-news reporter for The Times’s Express desk, enjoying the vampire hours. Some of his favorite stories on Express included tales about an auction for dead cockroaches that ate moon dust, vandals being caught because they failed to tip their bartender and how forensic technology was used to solve the disappearance of an Alabama teenager.
“Vimal has been the anchor of our night and weekend coverage, and we’ll miss his enthusiasm and his ability to quickly synthesize complicated topics and write about them clearly with intelligence and confidence,” Patrick LaForge said. “We’re all big fans and wish him well.”
Vimal started as a reporter covering Texas A&M University for The Bryan-College Station Eagle, a small daily in Texas. And he started his own higher-education journey at a community college in Los Angeles, before transferring to Colorado State University in Fort Collins and earning a bachelor’s in journalism.
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