Carrie Melago

Managing Editor for Local News

Carrie Melago is one of Chalkbeat’s managing editors for local news. She came to Chalkbeat from the Wall Street Journal, where she was most recently the editor overseeing newsroom training programs. Before that, she was the digital editor of the WSJ’s Greater New York section, where she managed the online footprint for the paper’s metro coverage. Carrie worked at the New York Daily News for nine years, starting out as a street reporter and going on to cover crime and education beats before becoming a city desk editor. She holds a master’s in American Studies from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Getting this glimpse into my kids’ education felt like a gift after two years of pandemic restrictions.
In Pandemic 360, Chalkbeat and Univision 41 explore the many ways COVID-19 impacted the lives of students, parents, and teachers in Newark and New York City.
On the first anniversary of nationwide school shutdowns caused by the coronavirus, Chalkbeat is looking back on this tough year in education.
In the coming months, in partnership with Univision, Chalkbeat will take a 360-degree look at school communities in New York and Newark to chronicle the toll the crisis has taken inside and outside the classroom. We need your help to tell these stories.
As we explore these topics, we’ll continue relying on you, our readers, to find answers to our burning questions and guide our reporting.
We asked each candidate two questions: What do you think is the biggest education issue facing the city, and what out-of-school factors that impact classrooms would you address?
The conclusions come from a listening tour that introduced him to 2,125 students and 2,984 teachers and employees.
After sustained pressure from teachers and the unions, the city will provide paid family leave for teachers.