Larry Abramson

Larry Abramson is the Education Correspondent at NPR. Abramson covers a wide variety of issues related to education, from federal policy to testing to instructional techniques in the classroom. In 2006, Abramson returned to the education beat after spending 9 years covering national security and technology issues for NPR. Since 9/11, Abramson has covered telecommunications regulation, computer privacy, legal issues in cyberspace, and legal issues related to the war on terrorism. During the late 1990s, Abramson also was involved in several special projects related to education. He followed the efforts of a school in Fairfax County, Virginia, to include severely disabled students in regular classroom settings. He joined the National Desk reporting staff in 1997.

From 1990 to 1997, Abramson was senior editor for NPR's National Desk. His department was responsible for approximately 25 staff reporters across the United States, five editors in Washington, and news bureaus in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. The National Desk also coordinated domestic news coverage with news departments at many of NPR's member stations. The desk doubled in size during Abramson's tenure. He oversaw the development of specialized beats in general business, high-technology, workplace issues, small business, education, and criminal justice.

Abramson joined NPR in 1985, working as a production assistant with Morning Edition. He moved to the National Desk, where he served for two years as Western editor. From there, he became the deputy science editor with NPR's Science Unit, where he helped win a duPont-Columbia Award as editor of a special series on Black Americans and AIDS.

Prior to his work at NPR, Abramson was a freelance reporter in San Francisco and worked with Voice of America in California and in Washington, D.C. He has a master's degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Abramson also studied overseas at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and at the Free University in Berlin, Germany.

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4:43pm

Mon March 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

U.S. Makes Iodine Pills Available In Japan, But Cautions Against Use

As officials in Japan express optimism about containing the nuclear accident there, U.S. officials are advising Americans there is no need to take potassium iodide tablets.

Nevertheless, the State Department has authorized the distribution of potassium iodide to U.S. government personnel in Japan, "out of an abundance of caution." But it's a precautionary step, and State tells personnel there, they should only take the protective iodine if instructed to do so by the U.S. government.

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5:08pm

Tue March 15, 2011
Education

Regulators Try To Light A Fire Under Culinary Schools

America has apparently gone crazy for cooking. Reality shows from Cake Boss to the new America's Next Great Restaurant have helped convince many Americans that they, too, can open up their own bakery or restaurant.

They are streaming into culinary schools in growing numbers, many paying for their education with federal loans. Now those schools are under pressure to prove that students graduate with more than just a ton of debt.

Starting At The Bottom — And Staying There For A While

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4:54am

Wed March 9, 2011
Media

NPR Exec Recorded Disparaging Conservative Groups

The top fundraiser for NPR has resigned after a videotape became public showing him openly disparaging conservative groups during what he thought was a fundraising meeting. The video was recorded secretly during a lunch Ron Schiller had with two people who claimed to be eager to contribute to public radio.

7:29am

Sun March 6, 2011
Education

Pressure Mounts To Ax Teacher Seniority Rules

Last week, the New York state Senate passed a bill that would end the use of seniority as the sole factor for deciding which teachers get laid off. The bill faces long odds in the state Assembly. But the vote is a sign of growing frustration with what's known as "last in, first out" — a rule that says the last teachers hired get dismissed first when there is a layoff.

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