not much just chillin': the hidden lives of middle schoolers

About Linda:

Linda worked at The Washington Post from 1994 to 2004, as a copy editor, graphics editor, and, for most of those years, a staff writer covering local and national education issues. She is the author of Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers, a New York Times best-seller, and Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade.

From 2008 to 2011, Linda was the Education Writers Association’s first public editor. More than 400 education reporters came to Linda for coaching—she helped put their stories into context, refine their writing, sort through data and research, and come up with strong, new ideas. She also wrote the well-regarded Educated Reporter blog.

Linda has also written for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun op-ed pages, the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, Slate, Salon, the Nation, the American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review, Family Circle, Girls Life, and Parents. She has been interviewed on “All Things Considered,” “This American Life,” MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.

A Milwaukee native, Linda received a bachelor's from Wesleyan University in 1992 and a master's in international affairs from Columbia University in 1994. She lives with her husband and son in Seattle.

Linda can lend her exceptional editing, reporting, and writing skills to everything from op-eds to in-depth reports to book proposals and manuscripts. She is also available to help organizations shape and deliver their messages. Current clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Aspen Institute, Center on Reinventing Public Education, and Harvard Education Letter.

Linda's work:

Finalist profiles, Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

Finalist profiles, Broad Prize for Urban Education.

“The Divide Over Education,” The American Prospect.

“The Transformer,” New York Times Book Review.

“A ‘No Child’ Law for All Children,” The Washington Post op-ed page.

“Unshackled,” Columbia Journalism Review.

“Middle School Madness,” The Washington Post.

“Wrong Way to Reward Teachers,” The Washington Post op-ed page.

“A User’s Guide To Middle School Romance,” The Washington Post Magazine.

“The Issue Left Behind,” The Nation.

“Eating It, Too,” The Washington Post Magazine.

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