John Merrow Biography

John Merrow (John G. G. Merrow II ) an American journalist, news anchor, and author who reported on education issues starting in the 1970s. He served as the education correspondent for the PBS NewsHour program. The features-often under the umbrella of “The Merrow Report” – were a staple of education reporting on public broadcasting.

He as well served as the executive producer, host and president of Learning Matters, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that creates television, radio and online segments and documentaries, focusing primarily on education.

John Merrow Age

Merrow was born on 14 June 1941 in Summit, New Jersey, U.S.

John Merrow Career

He earned a A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1964 and also received an M.A. degree in American Studies from Indiana University in 1968. He graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a doctorate in Education and Social Policy. Merrow began his career as an education reporter in 1974, when National Public Radio began airing his first investigative reports on the nation’s schools.

He quickly developed a devoted following with his program “Options In Education,” which aired for eight years. It was a weekly radio broadcast which then received the prestigious George Polk Award in 1981.

He later produced a seven-part television series for PBS along the same lines, entitled “Your Children, Our Children.” In 1984, the program received an Emmy nomination. Merrow also served as education correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour for five years (1985–1990). He briefly occupied a similar position with The Learning Channel before returning to the PBS program in 1993.

Merrow established Learning Matters, which produced his NewsHour reports, along with other media content in 1995. He then created Listen Up! – a project which trains disadvantaged youth and their teachers in broadcast production skills and techniques in 1998. Merrow received a the George Foster Peabody Award in 2001 for “School Sleuth: The Case of an Excellent School, “and won a second Peabody Award for Listen Up’s production, “Beyond Borders,” in 2006. Learning Matters’ programming received Emmy nominations in 2005 and 2007.

John was honored with the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education in 2012. He retired in 2005 and also Learning Matters was acquired by Education Week.

John Merrow Books

He is also a published book author: he wrote “Choosing Excellence” (2001), “Below C Level” (2010), and “The Influence of Teachers”. Merrow also co-edited, with Richard Hersh, “Declining by Degrees” (2005).

John Merrow Net Worth

Merrow has an estimated net worth of 1.4 million.

John Merrow Family

Merrow information about his family is not yet known to the public. Nevertheless, we are keeping tabs and will update you once this information is available.

John Merrow Wife

Merrow is married to Joan Lonergan and he resides in New York city with his wife.


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