Dale Mezzacappa, who teaches Journalism Workshop, worked as a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 27 years. For most of that time she covered schools in Philadelphia and its suburbs, specializing in issues facing urban education. Before taking the education beat, she reported on government and politics from Trenton and Washington for both The Inquirer and The Record of Hackensack, N.J. Her work earned a long list of awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association (EWA), the Society of Professional Journalists, the New Jersey Press Association and the Columbia University School of Journalism. In 1990-91, she studied issues relating to children, poverty and education as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She is now is contributing editor of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, a nonprofit news organization that covers Philadelphia schools with a mission to shed light on educational inequity through high-impact journalism. She is a past president of EWA has a degree in English from Vassar.