Nicole Cohen is an education editor at NPR. She edits news stories, features and investigations for broadcast, NPR.org and other platforms. Cohen also leads NPR's education member station collaborative, which brings local journalism from across the country to NPR audiences.
Cohen has edited several of the Education Desk's most impactful investigations, including "Student Loan Borrowers With Disabilities Aren't Getting Help They Were Promised," which led to the U.S. Education Department discharging the student loans of more than 323,000 borrowers who have significant, permanent disabilities. She has overseen and edited NPR's ongoing coverage of the pandemic's impact on children and families, as well as coverage of the troubled Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
Prior to joining the Education Desk, Cohen was a producer for NPR's Culture Desk, where she produced and edited arts features and interviews for NPR.org, and worked closely with the team at Fresh Air. She was one of the original architects of NPR's Books We Love reading guide (formerly the Book Concierge). Her other arts features include This Is Color.
Cohen joined NPR in 2010 after earning a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied comparative literature and studied abroad in St. Louis, Senegal.