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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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Food Fight: How 2 Trump Proposals Could Bite Into School Lunch

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Harkness Tower on Yale University's campus in 2016. The Department of Education said Yale failed to disclosed a total of $375 million in foreign money. Beth Harpaz/AP hide caption

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Education Department Probes Harvard, Yale Over Foreign Funding

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What Your Teen Wishes You Knew About Sex Education

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in December. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Education Dept. Unveils Fix For Student Loan Program's 'Bureaucratic Nightmare'

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Randi Weingarten, of the American Federation of Teachers, says the message of her organization's lawsuit is clear: "Protect the students of the United States of America — not the for-profit [schools] that are making a buck off of them." Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc via Getty Images hide caption

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Teachers Union Lawsuit Claims DeVos 'Capriciously' Repealed Borrower Protections

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Elizabeth Warren says if elected president, she would use a little-known provision that allows the U.S. education secretary to erase student loan debt without going to Congress. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Canceling Student Debt Is Easier Than It Sounds

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The Birds And The Bees — How To Talk To Children About Sex

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared Thursday before a hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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House Democrats Grill Betsy DeVos Over Denying Student Borrower Relief

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate education committee on March 28. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

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Betsy DeVos Overruled Education Dept. Findings On Defrauded Student Borrowers

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Drew Lehman of Lansdale, Pa., became unable to work after a traumatic car accident. He's one of hundreds of thousands of borrowers who qualify to have their student loans erased because of significant, permanent disabilities. Natalie Piserchio for NPR hide caption

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Education Department Could Do More To Help Student Loan Borrowers With Disabilities

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