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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

San Diego Unified Opens Pre-K Program To All, Regardless Of Income

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Good news for parents with little ones: San Diego Unified is opening its preschool program once reserved for low-income families to all income brackets.

San Diego Community Colleges Bounce Back From Recession-Era Cuts

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Classes started Monday for more 100,000 students at San Diego County's community colleges, which are offering upper division courses for the first time.

Backpacks Help San Diego Refugees Head Back To School

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Hundreds of backpacks will go to refugee schoolchildren at a back-to-school celebration Saturday.

How Chula Vista Library Is Training Budding Engineers

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A lab at Qualcomm's Sorrento Valley headquarters has been engaging local students in science and engineering. Now the software company is helping open a smaller outpost in the basement of the Chula Vista Library.

Toussaint Academy Helps Homeless Teens Go From Couch-Surfing To College

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The homeless count done every year vastly underestimates the number of unaccompanied teens in San Diego, homeless advocates say. Finding them could play an important role in reducing the number of people on the streets.

San Diego Republicans Launch Last-Minute Effort To Fill School Board Seats

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There are more open seats than candidates running on several school boards from Coronado to Julian.

Glitter And Robotics Collide To Groom San Diego Girls For Engineering Jobs

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Qualcomm just wrapped up a three-year experiment to see what keeps middle-school girls interested in math and science. They called it Qcamp.

San Diego County Says More Kids Heading To Kindergarten Vaccinated

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County health officials expect the number to increase. A law banning personal and religious belief exemptions to vaccinations is now in effect.

City Council Moves San Diego High School Issue To The Ballot

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The November ballot measure will ask voters to amend the city's charter so that San Diego High School can remain in Balboa Park. The city charter and state law do not allow schools on public parkland.

Working Grad Students Ask California State University For Higher Pay

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Graduate students who teach classes at San Diego State, Cal State San Marcos and other California State University campuses make as little as $500 a month.

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