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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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'Jaws' Shark Gets His Bite Back: A Love Story

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Millions Of U.S. Children Go To Racially And Economically Segregated Schools

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This Supreme Court Case Made School District Lines A Tool For Segregation

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Kindness Vs. Cruelty: Helping Kids Hear The Better Angels Of Their Nature

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Episode 923: Good Teachers, Bad Deal

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'We Wanted To Show Children Real Life': Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano

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Besides SAT Score, Students Could Have Their Hardships Tabulated

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The Town That Hanged An Elephant Is Now Working To Save Them

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