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Grossman wins national award for opinion writing

Deputy Sun-Times editorial page editor Kate N. Grossman  |  Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Deputy Sun-Times editorial page editor Kate N. Grossman | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: April 14, 2013 6:43AM

Kate N. Grossman, deputy editorial page editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, won the Education Writers Association’s first-place national award for opinion writing Tuesday.

Grossman was honored for work in 2012, a particularly turbulent year in education in Chicago, with a teachers strike and big battles over a longer school day and school closings. In a stream of editorials, Grossman attempted to expose the spin and hyperbole of both sides and proposed workable solutions that would benefit, above all, school children. More often than not, the views in those editorials prevailed.

“Grossman writes like a tough-minded mediator, pointing out to both sides the flaws in their logic and what they need to reach a compromise,” one judge wrote.

“Really thoughtful commentaries, and what appears to be some original reporting, too,” wrote a second judge. “A valuable resource for readers trying to discern what was going on amid all the tension.”

The Education Writers Association, with more than 2,500 members, is a professional organization of members of the media who specialize in education.

As part of her journalistic training, Grossman, who joined the Sun-Times in 2000, worked for a year as an assistant teacher in a Chicago public school. She has master’s degrees in both journalism and public policy from Columbia University, and she earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. In 2010 and 2009, she was honored with second-place awards by the National Education Writers Association.

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