Jeffrey Pierre

Jeffrey Pierre is an editor and producer on the Education Desk, where helps the team manage workflows, coordinate member station coverage, social media and the NPR Ed newsletter. Before the Education Desk, he was a producer and director on Morning Edition and the Up First podcast.

Throughout his time at NPR, Pierre has done a wide range of work. In 2020, he reported in Haiti with Carrie Kahn to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake. In 2018, he spent some time in Memphis, Tenn., with Noel King to mark the 50-year anniversary of the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2017, he wore the hat of movie critic, speaking to Weekend Edition's Scott Simon about the Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus.

Before coming to NPR, Pierre was a community reporter for the Miami Herald where he covered the Little Haiti neighborhood, and the city of Opa-Locka as the FBI investigated the mayor and council for corruption. During his time at the Herald, he also worked in the WLRN newsroom, Miami's NPR Member station, which shares an office with the Herald.

In the summer of 2016, Pierre spent 10 weeks reporting for the News21 Fellowship on voting rights in Phoenix, Ariz.; Selma, Ala.; Ferguson, Mo.; and Highland Park, Mich. The project – titled Voting Wars – won numerous awards, including the 2017 EPPY Award, the Investigative Reports and Editors Award, Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Awards and the Student Edward R. Murrow Award.

Pierre graduated from Florida International University with a degree in journalism. He's an avid NBA fan and the son of two Haitian immigrants.

Peaceful, student-led protests have been a powerful force for change throughout American history.

In 1925, for example, students at Fisk University staged a 10-week protest to speak out against the school's president, who didn't want students starting a chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. In 1940, almost 2,000 students protested after New York University decided to pull a black player from its football roster to accommodate the University of Missouri's segregationists.

And campus-based protests, including against racism, were a major lever of social change in the 1960s.

The police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., have sparked a national conversation around racial justice.

On the wind-whipped hills north of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, Berthenid Dasny holds the keys to the gated memorial erected for Haiti's earthquake victims. Thousands of bodies are buried here in a mass grave dug after a magnitude 7 earthquake shook the country on Jan. 12, 2010.

"They've forgotten about this place; it should look better than this," Dasny says as she walks past the overgrown grass, rusted metal statues and brittle brush. For the past year, she has been the memorial's groundskeeper, though she has never been paid.

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Report: K-12 school funding up in states that had teacher protests

A report released Wednesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says K-12 school funding is up in four states where significant teacher strikes or protests occurred in 2018.

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New guidelines for campus sexual assault enforcement are open for public comment

In an election that's largely not about education — polls and NPR's reporting says immigration and healthcare are two top issues — we wanted to focus on the places where education is influencing and mobilizing voters.

Here are our nine takeaways of what to watch:

1. Teachers are flexing their (political) muscles

With just days to go, both of the major teachers' unions have devoted their considerable resources to the election.