Deborah Jian Lee at Eddie Awards
EHRP's Deborah Jian Lee accepting the Eddie Award

EHRP’s Deborah Jian Lee Wins Education Writers Association Award

EHRP is honored to announce that its senior editor Deborah Jian Lee won the prestigious EGF Accelerator’s Eddie Prize from the Education Writers Association for “Persecution in the Name of the Lord,” which was co-published by EHRP and Esquire in August 2023. In her piece, Lee reports how over 200 federally funded religious schools exploit the religious exemption from Title IX—the federal policy that protects students from discrimination—and violate the civil rights of countless LGBTQ+ students.

“This is a great story I’ve never read before,” a judge commented. “We all knew it happened, I guess, but this is an amazing work of reporting and writing. Couldn’t love it more.”

Another judge said, “A standout entry that deftly combines accountability reporting, narrative writing and personal memoir. Searing, powerful reporting that propels you through the piece. Very impressive work.”

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The Economic Hardship Reporting Project supports independent journalists so they can create gripping stories which often counter the typical disparaging narratives about inequality. This high-quality journalism is then co-published with mainstream media outlets mobilizing readers to address systemic economic hardship.

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