Jacques Steinberg, The New York Times education reporter and editor who recently accepted a company buyout has announced he will begin a new chapter of his life at ``Say Yes to Education’’, a national, non-profit education foundation committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation's urban youth.
He will begin his new assignment on February 4th.
Since its founding 25 years ago, Say Yes has raised or leveraged more than $11 million in Say Yes scholarships and sent nearly 2,000 students to college.
“After more than a decade writing, reporting and lecturing about college admissions, I have lately found myself wanting to put down my reporter's notebook to work more directly with public-school students, families and their counselors, whose caseloads have often ballooned to 500 or more in the midst of budget cuts,” Steinberg wrote in a press release.
Steinberg first joined the Times in 1988 as a researcher for James "Scotty" Reston, assisting him in the compilation of his memoirs. For nearly 25 years, most recently as its senior editor for education initiatives. Steinberg edited The Choice, the Times’ college admissions and financial aid blog, which he created for the paper in spring 2009, as well as The New York Times Learning Network.
He also covered the media, primarily television, for the Times’ cultural news desk.
In addition to his extensive reporting, Steinberg is the author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, a New York Times-best seller and Times Notable Book that was first published by Viking-Penguin in September 2002. The book was reissued by Penguin, with a new Afterword written in conjunction with its 10th anniversary, in September 2012.
A 1984 graduate of Dartmouth College, with a major in history, Steinberg grew up in southeastern Massachusetts, where he graduated from Somerset High School
January 30, 2012