John Merrow is an education correspondent for PBS NewsHour and the president of Learning Matters, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, independent production company he founded in 1995.
The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership is Merrow’s fourth book. A frequent contributor to USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and Education Week, Merrow is also the author of Choosing Excellence (2001) and Below C Level (2010), as well as co-editor of Declining by Degrees (2005). He also maintains a weekly blog, Taking Note.
John began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974, with the weekly series, “Options in Education.” In 1984, Merrow branched out into public television. He served as host of The Merrow Report, an award-winning documentary series, and currently is the Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Merrow’s work has taken him from community colleges to kindergarten classrooms, from the front lines of teacher protests to policy debates on Capitol Hill. His varied reporting has continually been on the forefront of education journalism.
The quality of Merrow’s work has been distinguished by some of the industry’s most prestigious awards. In 1982, he received the George Polk Award for his NPR series, “Options in Education.” He has been awarded two Peabody Awards – in 2000, for the documentary School Sleuth: The Case of An Excellent School, and in 2006 for the Listen Up! production Beyond Borders: Personal Stories from a Small Planet. Merrow’s work has also received Emmy nominations in 1984, 2005, and 2007. He has also been honored with four prestigious CINE Golden Eagles. Merrow’s work has continually been recognized by the Education Writers Association’ annual contest; to date, he has received a total of 18 awards. His work has also been honored by a variety of other film festivals and award committees.
Merrow earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1964, an M.A. in American Studies from Indiana University in 1968, and a doctorate in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1973. He received the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 2000, the HGSE Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education in 2006, and honorary doctorates from Richard Stockton College (NJ) and Paul Smith’s College (NY). He serves on the Board of Trustees of Teachers College, Columbia University.