Leah Clapman is lucky to play at the intersection of Education and Journalism. She heads the PBS NewsHour’s education department, overseeing content for the web and broadcast, tools for teachers and special projects for school-aged audiences. Leah created NewsHour Extra, which provides articles, lesson plans and daily video activities to help teachers incorporate current events into any subject area. The site has won numerous awards, including the National Association for Media Literacy Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2009 she started Student Reporting Labs (SRL) to build the next generation of public media producers and citizens. The SRL curriculum and mentoring network trains thousands of students in middle and high schools across the country to produce video journalism on important issues in their communities. It has been shown to increase critical thinking, curiosity, news and media literacy and civic engagement. Leah worked at C-SPAN and CNN before joining the NewsHour and currently lives in Washington DC with her husband, a teacher and musician, their two children and two kittens.
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