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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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Students from George Washington University wear their graduation gowns outside of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2022. STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Biden administration is changing who qualifies for student loan cancellation

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A look inside the legal battle to stop Biden's student loan relief

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U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona appeared alongside President Biden when he announced his student loan relief plan on Aug. 24. On Thursday, the administration quietly changed its guidance around which borrowers qualify for this relief. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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In a reversal, the Education Dept. is excluding many from student loan relief

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U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona spoke to NPR during the Pittsburgh stop of his back-to-school bus tour. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images hide caption

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Education Secretary Cardona takes NPR's questions about Biden's student loan plan

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Borrowers in 7 states may be taxed on their student loan cancellation

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Water systems failures in Jackson, Miss., force schools to return to remote learning

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Upcoming dates and info you need to know for student loan forgiveness

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Biden wants to erase some or all federal student loan debt for millions of borrowers

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More than two years ago, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden pledged to cancel at least $10,000 in federal student loans. The pledge has followed his administration ever since. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden is canceling up to $10K in student loans, $20K for Pell Grant recipients

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The 3rd school year since COVID hit has begun. Here's how students and staff feel

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Superintendent Dr. Errick Greene on the first day of school in Jackson, Miss. Greene visited schools throughout the district during the first week. His first stop was at North Jackson Elementary School. Jeffrey Pierre/NPR hide caption

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As a new year starts, schools prepare for fewer masks, more learning and joy

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Schools in Mississippi face another year in the shadow of the pandemic

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200k student borrowers are closer to getting their loans erased after judge's ruling

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