Lee Gaines, Education Reporter

Lee Gaines is an award-winning journalist whose work has been heard on multiple national broadcasts, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Here & Now. Lee was hired in late 2017 to be the education reporter for Illinois Public Media and Illinois Newsroom. 

Prior to her work at IPM, Lee wrote for newspapers and magazines in Chicago and nationally. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, the Pacific Standard and the Marshall Project. She also recently completed a fellowship with the Education Writers Association.

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