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Stephanie Banchero


Stephanie Banchero leads Joyce’s efforts to ensure that all students—especially those who are low-income and minority—are prepared for life success by improving the quality of teachers they encounter in school, enhancing early education policies, and supporting policies that ensure high school students have a seamless transition from high school to college and careers. Stephanie has a particular focus on ensuring that teachers’ pre-service training prepares them for the complex classrooms they enter, and on ensuring that low-income and minority students have high-quality educators.

Before coming to Joyce, Stephanie was national education reporter for the Wall Street Journal. While at the Journal, Stephanie wrote extensively about many of the issues the Joyce Foundation addresses, including teacher effectiveness and early education. Before that, she spent 13 years covering K-12 education for the Chicago Tribune.

Her nationally recognized reporting has received first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association and the Missouri School of Journalism. She also received the Harry Chapin Media Award and an honorable mention from the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families. She was awarded a prestigious one-year Knight Fellowship in journalism at Stanford University.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a past president of the National Education Writers Association. Stephanie is also a member of the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship Board. Stephanie is a Top Chef aspirant and die-hard Utah Jazz fan.


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela

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