Stephanie Banchero

Education Program Director, The Joyce Foundation

Stephanie Banchero is Education Program Director for The Joyce Foundation’s Education Program, which works to close the achievement gap by improving the quality of teachers, enhancing early reading policies, and exploring innovations.

Before coming to Joyce, Stephanie was the national education reporter at the Wall Street Journal. While at the Journal, Stephanie wrote extensively about many of the issues the Joyce Foundation addresses, including teacher effectiveness and charter schools. Before that, she spent 13 years covering K-12 education for the Chicago Tribune.

Her nationally recognized reporting has received first place awards from the National Education Writers Association and the Missouri School of Journalism. She also received the Harry Chapin Media Award and an honorable mention from the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families. She was awarded a prestigious one-year Knight Fellowship in journalism at Stanford University.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s of arts from the University of Utah in Communications and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a past president of the National Education Writers Association.

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