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Joe Hong

Education Reporter

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Joe Hong has spent the past two years covering education for national and local publications. Most recently, he covered three school districts for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs. He has written about school finance, negligence in special education, and school board misconduct. Previously, he covered equity issues and historically black colleges and universities for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine based in Fairfax, Virginia.

Before a career in journalism, he was pursuing a doctorate in comparative literature at Rutgers University. He pivoted to journalism in 2016 and earned a master's degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2017, specializing in investigative reporting. In September 2019, he completed The Data Institute, a two-week workshop for journalists of color taught by ProPublica in collaboration with the Ida B. Wells Society.

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A student at Joseph Casillas Elementary School ...

Experts Say Arts Education Should Be Emphasized As Students Return To Classrooms

May 14
By Joe Hong

Although learning loss is a concern, parents and teachers shouldn’t hyper-focus on it given the anxiety many students have about going back to in-person school.

The San Diego Unified School District Board of ...

San Diego Unified Outlines Efforts To Diversify Its Teacher And Administrator Ranks

May 12
By Joe Hong

The district hopes to close a yawning gap between the number of students who identify as people of color and the number of teachers who do the same.

The San Diego Police Department seal is seen on...

Questions Raised Over Proposed Increase In San Diego Police Budget

May 7
By Joe Hong

Some councilmembers and residents say money should be diverted from police to fund community health initiatives. Others point to increased violent crime as justification for a higher budget.

A student participating in a distance learning ...

San Diego County Sees Big Drop In English Learner Enrollment

April 30
By Joe Hong

Educators attribute the decline, which is also happening statewide, to economic factors and challenges in communication during the pandemic.

Inside of a classroom at Blossom Valley Element...

San Diego County Public Schools Saw Big Enrollment Drops Due To Pandemic

April 23
By Joe Hong

Countywide enrollment dropped by 17,000, according to state data. Local officials attribute the decline to parents who sought alternatives to distancing learning.

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San Diego Unified Searching For Solutions To Handle Increased Demand For In-Person Learning

April 22
By Joe Hong

In some schools, students are being put in overflow rooms because class sizes are limited due to distancing requirements agreed upon by the district and teachers union.

A man walks by a COVID-19 testing sign at UC Sa...

UC San Diego Planning Full Fall Reopening With Hopes Of Required Vaccinations

April 20
By Joe Hong

The University of California Regents have yet to decide on whether to require vaccinations of returning students and staff on UC campuses in the fall. UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla hopes the answer is yes.

San Diego's Lincoln High School is pictured in ...

Cathedral Catholic High Officials Apologize For Racist Images Targeting Lincoln High

April 15
By Joe Hong

The images were circulated by members of the Cathedral Catholic football team.

Junior Kate Chasin in front of Canyon Hills Hig...

First Day Back At School A ‘Little Weird’ For Many San Diego Unified Students

April 12
By Joe Hong

About half of the district’s approximately 100,000 students returned to campuses Monday for part-time, in-person learning.

Soccer ball at Mance Buchanon Park in Oceanside...

San Diego School Officials Say Few COVID-19 Cases Coming From Sports

April 9
By Joe Hong

Both San Diego Unified and Poway Unified School Districts have seen a small number of COVID-19 cases among student athletes, but one expert warns against complacency.

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Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

Santa Ana Winds, Warmer Temperatures Expected In San Diego County

Jan. 6, 2020
By City News Service

Gusty winds are expected in San Diego County Monday and could prove hazardous for high-profile vehicles traveling through mountains passes, according to the National Weather Service.

National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis wear...

County Requires Face Covers By May 1, Concerns Rise About Mexico and COVID-19

April 24, 2020
By City News Service

The first order will allow ocean access from city beaches for the above-mentioned activities. Piers, boardwalks and parking lots are still closed to the public, and the order does not include boat ramps or watercraft. It also does not apply to state parks and beaches. It also leaves the decision of beach closures to the cities.