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Megan Burks

Education Reporter

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Megan Burks is the education reporter at KPBS. She reports on teaching and learning from infancy into adulthood, the achievement gap, and school governance.

Before tackling the education beat, Megan helped launch Speak City Heights, a media collaborative covering community health in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. As Speak City Heights reporter for KPBS and Voice of San Diego, Megan's work pushed reform in the San Diego Police Department and taxi industry. She was awarded the San Diego County Taxpayers Association's 2015 Media Watchdog Award for her look at dangerous housing conditions for low-income tenants. Megan has also been recognized by the San Diego Human Relations Commission and Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Pro Chapter for bringing underrepresented voices to radio and television.

Megan was born and raised in El Cajon, and graduated from San Diego State University, where she studied journalism and sociology. Her thesis looked at the media’s effects on attitudes toward immigrants. She interned with San Diego CityBeat and KPBS’ Envision San Diego.

Recent Stories

MiraCosta College Gets $6M To Offer Workforce Training At No Cost

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When a U.S. company brings an immigrant worker into the country on an H-1B visa, it pays the federal government a fee to help train American workers to one day fill the job. Now that money is flowing into San Diego County.

Young Photographers Get Hands-On Experience Snapping Holiday Memories

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San Diego students got on-the-job training and their parents, early holiday gifts at a free portrait event Tuesday.

San Diego Unified Investigates Allegations Of Corporal Punishment

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Parents complained children suffered burns on their hands after Horton Elementary School's principal allegedly forced them to hold a push-up position on hot blacktop.

Test Maker Announces Special Accommodations For English Language Learners

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Beginning in 2017, English-language learners taking the ACT college entrance exam can take advantage of special accommodations.

San Diego Law Enforcement Won't Change Immigration Enforcement Policies Under Trump

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The San Diego police and sheriff's departments said they do not intend to change their relationships with federal immigration enforcement agencies when President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

San Diego State Investigates Hate Crime, Vandalism Found At UC San Diego

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Campus police say the suspects allegedly made comments about President-elect Donald Trump and Muslims before stealing a student's belongings.

Board Appointee Appears To Have Won San Diego School Board Seat

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With all precincts reporting, board appointee Sharon Whitehurst-Payne leads LaShae Collins in the race to represent schools in the southeastern region of the city. Some provisional and mail-in ballots remain uncounted.

Southeastern San Diego School Board Candidates Make Their Case To Voters Citywide

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Last school year it was all eyes on Marne Foster. Now, two candidates are competing to replace her in District E and put the focus back on students.

Posters Critical Of BDS Movement Found Again At San Diego State

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President Elliot Hirshman, who faced criticism for his handling of similar posters in April, denounced them as "intentionally inflammatory."

Some Worry Toussaint Closure Will Send Homeless Teens Back To Instability

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For nearly 25 years, the Toussaint Academy downtown has given homeless teens in San Diego a place to call home. It will soon close and reopen as apartments for homeless adults.

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