As an education reporter, Mackenzie Ryan chronicles the effect of school reform and investigates decisions that impact children.

She’s won state, regional and national awards for investigative, enterprise and education reporting, including a prestigious National Award for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association.

She maintains professional membership with EWA, served on an EWA advisory panel and moderated panels at EWA conferences and events.

Before moving to Iowa, Mackenzie worked for FLORIDA TODAY in Melbourne, Florida; the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon; The St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minnesota; and The Gazette in Frederick, Maryland.

Originally from Minnesota, Mackenzie graduated with honors from American University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in print journalism and economics. She was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Eagle.