Nirvi Shah

Work History

Work History
Jan 2011 - Present

Staff Writer

Education Week

For the nation's education newspaper of record, I cover special education, nutrition, health, violence and bullying. I blog about special education at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced.

Aug 2006 - Jan 2011

Staff Writer

The Miami Herald
  • I covered consumer affairs and personal finance, making sense of the complex, ever-changing financial world and shedding light on scams.
  • I blogged about living within my means -- or trying to -- at miamiherald.typepad.com/no_spend_zone.
  • I was the senior education reporter on a team covering Broward and Miami-Dade public schools, two of the largest in the country. Combined, they enroll 600,000 students. I wrote about the state's complex standardized testing system, the federal No Child Left Behind law, disparities in educational opportunities and school nutrition, among other issues.
  • I regularly enhanced print coverage with audio reports and by breaking stories online at MiamiHerald.com.
Aug 2000 - Aug 2006

Staff Writer

The Palm Beach Post
  • During the six years I spent at The Post, I covered education, county government and wrote a column for the food section about cooking for one.
  • I occasionally covered crime and courts stories, hurricanes, space shuttle launches and disasters and other general assignment stories. One of these stories, about a home movie filmed by American soldiers in Iraq, won a third place Green Eyeshade award in the breaking news category.
  • I frequently gathered audio for radio reports and collaborated with photographers to create audio slideshows.
Jul 1999 - Aug 2000

Staff Writer

The Ledger
  • Working at my hometown paper fresh out of college, I had to view the education system I had recently left with a fresh eye. My work led to the resignation of contractors hired by the school district to correct mistakes they had made as former employees.

Education

Education
Jan 1998 - May 1998

Universidad de Salamanca
  • For one semester, I lived with a Spanish family and studied Spanish language, art history and the economy.

About me

As a longtime reporter, I have a knack for work that requires attention to detail but must be completed quickly.  I am a collaborator, tireless worker and have a bottomless well of curiosity.

Special skills

  • I have experience with Access, Excel, Audacity, Photoshop and Soundslides

  • I speak conversational Spanish and Gujarati

Affiliations

  • Education Writers Association
  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • South Asian Journalists Association

Honors and awards

  • Education Writers Association 2009 Research and Statistics Bootcamp fellow
  • Florida Press Club, 2nd place, Education writing, 2007
  • Florida Society of Professional Journalists, 1st place, Education writing, 2006; 2nd place 2007
  • Green-Eyeshade Award, 3rd place, Breaking news, 2005
  • 2002 education writing fellow, Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, University of Maryland

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