Nick Chiles

Author & Journalist

Green Eyeshades Award Winner

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016

A piece I wrote last year for the Hechinger Report, which is devoted to exposing inequity and innovation in education, has gotten some shine. The story below was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists as a first-place winner for Public Affairs Reporting / Non-Dailies in its 66th annual Green Eyeshades Awards, given to the best journalism in the Southeastern U.S. Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the Pulitzer I won with my colleagues at NY Newsday. Glad to show this old dog still has some magic in his fingertips.

Full-court press for Mississippi third graders in summer school has disappointing results


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Angry Parents in Mississippi Say There Must Be a Better Way

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015

Miss school picHere’s my latest feature on education in Mississippi, focusing on the state’s initiative to make third graders repeat third grade if they fail a standardized reading test. After decades of severe underfunding of schools, this is one of the cruelest uses of a standardized “gates” test in recent education history. Produced for the Hechinger Report, it also appeared in the Jackson Free Press.

As Mississippi delivers bad news to 5,600 third graders, stressed-out parents say there must be a better way

Will holding back thousands of third-graders boost student performance in Mississippi?


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NAACP Image Award Finalist

Posted by on May 7, 2015

I was very excited when I learned earlier this year that Justice While Black was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. We didn’t ultimately win, losing out to my good friend Hilary Beard’s excellent and important book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and In Life, which she wrote with Joe Brewster and Michelle Stephenson (the book actually includes an extended story about me and my son, but she uses an alias so you’ll never know who we are!). But it was nice to be acknowledged for our work on Justice While Black.

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Find Me in October Issue of Ebony

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013

October EbonyPick up the October issue of Ebony to read two of my pieces: one on black boys and the police, in the form of a suggested script to help parents have that dreaded talk with their sons; and the other a profile of Brian Banks, who got a shot at his pro football dreams after being wrongfully convicted of rape and spending five years in jail and five years on probation. He was recently cut by the Falcons, but that doesn’t take away one iota from his moving tale.

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