By Pittsburgh Current Staff
Pittsburgh Current’s veteran education reporter Mary Niederberger has been awarded a fellowship from the national Education Writers Association.
The EWA awarded seven fellowships to media outlets across the country.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt education, it’s important to focus on the crucial role colleges and universities play in the lives of individual students and in society at large,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “We’re pleased to support a new set of ambitious journalism projects by our members.”
Niederberger’s project will look at the obstacles that students with disabilities face in higher education settings and in the job market, with a particular focus on the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.
“I’m very honored that the Education Writers Association chose to fund this project but more importantly I am grateful to be able to give voice to a student group that faces great challenges and is often overlooked in stories about underserved populations on college campuses,” Niederberger said.
Pittsburgh Current Editor/Publisher Charlie Deitch said: “Mary Niederberger is the most seasoned, talented and entrenched education writer of this region, if not the state. I am extremely happy but not surprised that she was awarded this fellowship by the EWA. This is a strange time for media outlets and reporters. Both budgets and time are stretched thin by the sheer volume of breaking news to cover. This fellowship will allow Mary and our outlet to do what we do best, in-depth, long-form reporting on worthwhile topics.”