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Reporter Beth Hawkins to join Education Post

MinnPost photo by Andrew Wallmeyer
Beth Hawkins speaking during last month's MinnPost Social on education.

For about the first six months I worked at MinnPost, a curious thing seemed to happen whenever I talked to someone about the place, whether it was a friend, a writer or a source.

Even before I could launch into my pitch about MinnPost, the other person would invariably say, “Yeah, that Beth Hawkins is great.”

I couldn’t agree more, and not just because Beth’s education coverage made her a must-read for anyone who cared about the issue in Minnesota. You couldn’t ask for a better colleague. 

All of which is why I really hate writing these words: Beth Hawkins is leaving MinnPost. She has decided to take a position with Education Post, a year-old nonprofit based in Chicago whose aim is to foster constructive conversations about public education.

I’ll leave it to Beth to explain exactly what she’s up to next, but I’m happy to talk about what she’s meant to MinnPost over the last seven-plus years. Whether it was shining a light on little-known success stories or holding public officials accountable, the thoughtfulness, tenacity and fairness she brought to the beat didn’t just win over readers; it became a model for other MinnPost reporters. The fact that her prodigious abilities as a writer and a storyteller tended to get overshadowed by her mastery of her beat just goes to show how trusted she was.

Lucky for us, her departure from the MinnPost staff doesn’t mean she’ll be totally absent from the site. She’ll still be writing stories from time to time as a contributor, and you can keep up with her via twitter at @beth_hawkins.

With Beth’s departure, MinnPost will be hiring an education reporter. The job description is here. Anyone interested in applying should email a cover letter, resume and clips to aputz@minnpost.com.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Nick Coleman on 10/06/2015 - 12:22 pm.

    Hawkins Goes To Chicago

    Andrew: With respect, if everyone you meet has bent your ear about what a bang-up job MinnPost has done covering Education, it is possible that this might be a sign that you should get out more and broaden your circles. The departure of Beth Hawkins to Chicago and a position at Education Post — the title sounds soft and cuddly enough — will be received by some of your readers in ways other than you assume. According to The Washington Post, Hawkins’ new home has been launched with an astounding $12 million in support from the Broad Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Walton Family Foundation (yes, Wal-Mart) and an anonymous donor (perhaps Bill Gates?), all of whom have played huge roles in the corporate takeover of education reform.
    In other words, Hawkins’ move to Education Post may not be read by everyone as a marker of her sterling performance. It might, on the contrary, be taken as proof that her critics may have been right.

    • Submitted by Joe Musich on 10/06/2015 - 09:10 pm.

      Yep !

      The question now becomes, will Minnpost put someone in as education writer who has better educational credentials, and does a better in depth job of using all available sources in it’s education reporting ?

  2. Submitted by Michael Hess on 10/06/2015 - 01:08 pm.

    Good Writing

    As a non education expert interested in education I have always found her writing interesting, clear and sharing a balance perspective to complex issues. Best of luck to her in the next endeavor.

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