Respected Cadre of Education Pundits Bring Insightful Commentary to BAM Radio Network

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Wide range of programs to get boost from informed opinion, keen observations and broader perspectives

BAM Radio Network, the education station online, today announced the launch of "Education Pundits On-Air," a cadre of education experts who will bring insightful and informed commentary to a broad range of radio programs on the network. The aim is to enrich the programming by bringing a wider perspective to every show. The diverse, eclectic and respected team of experts includes:

Jay Mathews
Mathews is education columnist for the Washington Post. He has been with the Post for 39 years. He attended Occidental and Harvard Colleges, wrote a book on the famous Los Angeles math teacher, Jaime Escalante, and the lack of challenge in American high schools. His most successful book is his most recent, Work Hard. Be Nice -- How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America. This story of how the KIPP schools raised the achievement of impoverished students to unprecedented levels was a New York Times bestseller.

His rating system for U.S. high schools, the Challenge Index, appears every year in Newsweek and the Post. It has been cited in hundreds of newspapers and magazines since 1998 and gets about 7 million hits a year on the web site.    

Mathews has won the Education Writers Association National Education Reporting Award and the Benjamin Fine Award for Outstanding Education Reporting, as well as the Eugene Meyer Award, the Washington Post's top honor for distinguished service to the newspaper. In 2009 he received the Upton Sinclair Award for being "a beacon of light in the realm of education."

"This is the most exciting era in American education since the GI Bill revolutionized colleges after World War II. Our inner city educators are making enormous new strides, and I am happy to help spread the word about this," said Mathews.

Debra Viadero
Viadero is an associate editor at Education Week, where she primarily covers research related to education and writes a blog called Inside School Research. A graduate of Boston University, she previously worked as a reporter for The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Md., and The Delaware State News in Dover, Del. Her work has also appeared in the Harvard Education Letter, Strategies, Teacher magazine, and U.S. News & World Report. She lives in Alexandria, Va.

"It's exciting to be part of a network that reaches so many people who share a passion for such an important issue. What could be more important than raising and teaching the next generation?" said Viadero.

Lisa Guernsey
As Director of New America's Early Education Initiative, Ms. Guernsey focuses on how to create and scale up the best learning environments for children in their early years, from toddlerhood through third grade. In her research and writing, she works to elevate dialogue about early childhood education by analyzing new findings in developmental psychology and spotlighting best practices in homes and classrooms.

Ms. Guernsey is a regular contributor to the Early Ed Watch blog and has been writing about education, technology and social science for nearly 15 years as a staff writer at the New York Times until 2002 and at the Chronicle of Higher Education in the mid-1990s. She has contributed to many national publications over the past several years, including her former employers and The Washington Post. In 2001 she was a media fellow at Duke University's Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, and in 2005 she was a journalism fellow in the Child and Family Policy Program at the University of Maryland.

"BAM Radio is becoming a go-to source for spurring thoughtful conversation on so many aspects of early learning," Guernsey said. "I'm excited to be a part of it."

Liz Willen
Willen joined the Hechinger Institute as associate director in March 2006 from Bloomberg Markets magazine, where she was a senior writer focusing on higher education. Liz writes the EarlyStories blog for the newly launched Hechinger Report. She spent the bulk of her career covering the New York City public school system for Newsday, where she was a reporter for 11 years. She has won numerous prizes for education coverage, including a first place award for magazine writing in 2005 from the Education Writers Association. She also shared the 2005 George Polk Award for health reporting with two Bloomberg colleagues and took first place for beat writing in education from the New York Newswoman's Club in 2005. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and an active New York City public school parent.

"I'm excited to be part of a new radio network that is actively engaged in a conversation about how to give children the best foundation possible,'' said Willen. "A lot of news organizations don't have the time to cover the education beat in a way that explains what is at stake, and radio programs like the BAM network encourage a productive and fascinating dialogue that can only help the public understand and analyze the critical issues of the day."

Jane Sheppard
Sheppard is the owner, editor and publisher of Healthy Child and the author of Super Healthy Kids: Strengthening Your Child's Resistance to Disease. She is a child health advocate and parent educator with a passion to help empower parents make informed choices to protect the health and well-being of their children. Jane has been researching natural health for over 20 years, with 15 years of extensive research and experience in raising a vibrantly healthy child using natural and holistic methods. She is the former, founding executive director of the Holistic Pediatric Association (HPA). Jane is a former board member of the Santa Rosa Education Cooperative (SREC).

"Nurturing a healthy mind body connection in children will help transform our future in the most positive way. I'm very excited to be part of a program that brings together the best wisdom and insight to assist us in helping children reach their highest potential."

Ann Douglas
Ann Douglas is an award-winning author and writer. She has written 28 books, including the bestselling books in The Mother of All® books series and The Mother of All Solutions® series: The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, The Mother of All Baby Books, The Mother of All Toddler Books, The Mother of All Parenting Books, The Mother of All Pregnancy Organizers, Sleep Solutions for Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler, and Mealtime Solutions for Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler.

Ann is a columnist for, Yahoo! Canada, Conceive Magazine, and CBC-TV affiliate station CHEX-TV.

"Becoming involved with BAM! Radio will allow me to advocate on behalf of parents and children in a powerful new way and to share what I've learned about pregnancy, birth, baby, and beyond over the past 22 years," said Douglas.

Other on air pundits include Kay Green, author of My Precious Kid Child Safety Blog; Vince DiCaro of the National Fatherhood Initiative; Jeremy Adam Smith, author of Daddy Dialectic; Valerie Plowman, Chronicles of a Babywise Mom; Natalie Wickham, Music Matters Blog; Analiisa Reichlin of Studio 3 Music; Debbie Cavalier, author of Music, Education, and Technology; Sue Blaney of Please Stop the Rollercoaster; Catherine Holecko of Family Fitness; and Ugo Uche of Psychology Today.

About BAM Radio Network - The Education Station

The BAM Radio Network is an online, education-focused radio network for parents, teachers, administrators, advocates, journalists, legislators and all people interested in education-related topics. The site currently offers 20 channels of education programming available on demand and hosted by leading educators. The network is a joint venture between privately held New Hampshire-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster Errol Smith and distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network.

The Best Educational Reporting Team

BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Mark Ginsberg, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • William B. Harvey, executive director of the International Reading Association
  • Gerald N. Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
  • Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association
  • Paul Young, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
  • Brian Crowe, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
  • Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Barbara S. Belmont, executive director for the School Nutrition Association
  • Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.

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