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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 by Megan Burks

As Flames Get Running Start, Region’s Disaster Resources Face Early...

As Flames Get Running Start, Region’s Disaster Resources Face Early Glitches

Dec. 8
By Megan Burks

A high volume of calls and web views meant some San Diegans couldn’t access 211 and Alert San Diego for information on the Lilac Fire.

Biotech Incubator Lets Clairemont Students Tackle Real-Life Problem...

Biotech Incubator Lets Clairemont Students Tackle Real-Life Problem — Hepatitis A

Nov. 30
By Megan Burks

Special anti-bacterial gloves and packaged meals for the homeless are just two ideas Clairemont High School students pitched this week to stop the spread of hepatitis A.

Barrio Logan Cafe Brews Coffee, Opportunity Where Homeless And Crea...

Barrio Logan Cafe Brews Coffee, Opportunity Where Homeless And Creatives Meet

Nov. 28
By Megan Burks

The San Diego Coffee Training Institute opened last fall near downtown San Diego's homeless encampments and Barrio Logan's creative entrepreneurs. It's expanding to offer more barista training spots to people who need help.

San Diego Chamber Urges Congress To Pass Dream Act Before New Year

San Diego Chamber Urges Congress To Pass Dream Act Before New Year

Nov. 21
By Megan Burks

A third of San Diego’s workforce is made up of immigrants, and they’re responsible for about a quarter of the region’s gross domestic product, according to the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

It's Fifth-Grade Music For All Under San Diego Unified Arts Plan

It's Fifth-Grade Music For All Under San Diego Unified Arts Plan

Nov. 20
By Megan Burks

Year two of the district's five-year plan to expand arts education also comes with a new private foundation to help cover costs.

Escondido Students Step Into Shoes Of Teachers, Museum Curators

Escondido Students Step Into Shoes Of Teachers, Museum Curators

Nov. 17
By Megan Burks

Do you know it well enough to teach it? That’s the question a unique partnership with the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is posing to sophomores at Del Lago Academy.

Barrera, San Diego Nonprofits Eye Commercial Property Taxes To Boos...

Barrera, San Diego Nonprofits Eye Commercial Property Taxes To Boost Schools

Nov. 15
By Megan Burks

Next year, San Diego Unified is expected to face a $59 million shortfall due to rising pension costs — that after $124 million in cuts this year. Now, San Diego nonprofits are joining an effort to get a ballot initiative that would change the rules for taxes that fund schools.

Southwestern College Steps Up Services Amid Increasing Student Home...

Southwestern College Steps Up Services Amid Increasing Student Homelessness

Nov. 14
By Megan Burks

Last year, Southwestern College opened a food pantry to help students experiencing hunger. As they came forward, the school learned many were also homeless.

In San Diego County, $145 Million For School Meals Goes Untapped

In San Diego County, $145 Million For School Meals Goes Untapped

Nov. 1
By Megan Burks

San Diego County children were eligible for more federally-subsidized meals than schools and community nonprofits served up during the 2015-16 school year.

First Person: Telling Students They, Too, Can Go From Compton To Ne...

First Person: Telling Students They, Too, Can Go From Compton To Neurobiology

Oct. 30
By Megan Burks

University of California faculty who were the first in their families to go to college are making an effort this year to connect with first-generation students. “You would not have predicted that I would be a full professor,” says a UC San Diego neurobiologist.

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