Co-Founder & CEO
West Coast Bureau Chief, Executive Editor of LA School Report
Social Media & Engagement Director
Senior Editor for Special Projects
A North Carolina native, Zhao earned a B.A. in public policy and certificate in policy journalism and media studies from Duke University, and studied science, ethics and policy while at the University of Oxford.
Before moving to education coverage, Kevin wrote about national politics and culture for The New Republic, where he served as a reporter and fact checker. His coverage there ranged from Obamacare implementation to the government shutdown to horrible advertisements for tequila. Prior to that, he interned at the National Endowment for the Humanities and the United States Senate. His freelance work has been published in the Atlantic, the Daily News, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Esmeralda Fabián Romero
The National Association of Hispanic Publications awarded her reporting work on education in 2012 and 2013 with the National Association of Hispanic Publications’ Jose Martin Publishing Award for outstanding education article.
In 2014, her journalistic work allowed her to become a fellow of the Loyola Journalist Law School from Loyola Law School. She was selected from a group of journalists from around the nation who applied for the fellowship where she was the only reporter selected from a Spanish-language media outlet. She has also been selected several times as a fellow by New America Media.