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Cory Turner

Correspondent/Senior Editor, NPR Ed

Cory Turner reports and edits for the NPR Ed team. He's helped lead several of the team's signature reporting projects, including "The Truth About America's Graduation Rate" (2015), the groundbreaking "School Money" series (2016), "Raising Kings: A Year Of Love And Struggle At Ron Brown College Prep" (2017), and the NPR Life Kit parenting podcast with Sesame Workshop (2019). His year-long investigation with NPR's Chris Arnold, "The Trouble With TEACH Grants" (2018), led the U.S. Department of Education to change the rules of a troubled federal grant program that had unfairly hurt thousands of teachers.

Before coming to NPR Ed, Cory stuck his head inside the mouth of a shark and spent five years as Senior Editor of All Things Considered. His life at NPR began in 2004 with a two-week assignment booking for The Tavis Smiley Show.

In 2000, Cory earned a master's in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and spent several years reading gas meters for the So. Cal. Gas Company. He was only bitten by one dog, a Lhasa Apso, and wrote a bank heist movie you've never seen.

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When Can Kids Go Back To School? Leaders Say 'As Soon As It's Safe'

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Teachers Sue To Block Florida's School Reopening Mandate

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School Administrators Grapple With Reopening Decision

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Gonzalo Inclán and Enfrén Carreño of the Liceo Europeo school just outside of Madrid, Spain measure the space between desks in May. Miguel Pereira/Getty Images hide caption

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Is School Safe? Will Districts Test For COVID-19? Answering Back-To-School Questions

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A Look At Betsy DeVos' Role During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Sally Goza, attends a meeting at the White House with President Trump, students, teachers and administrators about how to safely reopen schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Top Pediatrician Says States Shouldn't Force Schools To Reopen If Virus Is Surging

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President Trump, seen here at a roundtable discussion at the White House on Tuesday, rebuked the CDC for its guidelines on reopening schools in a tweet Wednesday. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Trump Administration Pushes To Reopen Schools In The Fall

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In April, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued guidance suggesting private schools should benefit from a representative share of federal coronavirus aid money. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Education Dept. Rule Limits How Schools Can Spend Vital Aid Money

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Kids Know How To Occupy Themselves. We Need To Let Them Do It

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared on Capitol Hill in February, just weeks before the pandemic sent the economy reeling. The Education Department recently changed its guidance around reconsidering student financial aid awards. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Education Dept. Is Making It Harder For Colleges To Boost Student Aid During Crisis

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