Richard Lee Colvin is Education Sector's former executive director, now a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He joined Education Sector in 2011 after having directed the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, since 2003. Under his leadership, the Institute created The Hechinger Report, a source of in-depth, nonpartisan journalism about education.
Previously, he wrote about national education issues for the Los Angeles Times, where he was a reporter and editor for 14 years, as well as the Associated Press. He also reported on education for the Oakland Tribune and the Hayward Daily Review in California.
Colvin's education writings include chapters in a number of books and published reportage and commentary in the Carnegie Reporter, Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Next, Education Week, Los Angeles Times Magazine, The School Administrator, State Legislator, Washington Monthly, The Washington Post, and Ford Foundation Reports.
He holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. He was a media fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and in 2000 won a Knight-Wallace fellowship for mid-career journalists at the University of Michigan. Colvin has participated in Education Sector panel discussions, is the author of Education Sector publications, and was an Education Sector nonresident senior fellow before joining the organization's board of directors in 2010.