Leah Clapman heads the PBS NewsHour’s education department, overseeing content, 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. NewsHour Education has won numerous awards, including the National Association for Media Literacy Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2009 Leah 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 lives in Washington, DC with her husband, their son, daughter, two cats, and a mouse.
Managing Editor, Education