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Cathryn Stout is the bureau chief for Chalkbeat Tennessee. She spent six years as a journalist at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis where she won the Horizon Award for outstanding performance from an early-career journalist. She worked as a features reporter and columnist before pursuing a career in research and education. Prior to joining Chalkbeat, she worked with students and families in Connecticut, serving as an assistant dean of equity and inclusion, a history department chair, and a teacher. Cathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Wellesley College, a Master of Arts in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, a Doctorate in American Studies from Saint Louis University, and a Presidential Fellowship at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

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Tennessee lawmakers attempt to ban school mask mandates, again  

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Tennessee families and educators invited to review school funding 

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Parents of Memphis boys at the center of Cummings school shooting call for healing, forgiveness

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‘My heart aches for our children.’ Memphis student hospitalized, another student in custody after school shooting

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Memphis school board OKs new University of Memphis high school despite concerns

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Mask mandate in Memphis area schools can continue, for now, judge rules

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Mask mandate hearing raises issue of ‘separate but equal’ for Tennessee students with disabilities

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Timeline: Teacher deaths, mask debates rock Memphis during the first 30 days of school

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Tennessee judge allows school mask mandate, temporarily blocks governor’s opt-out order

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Memphians press SCS to create more virtual learning options as COVID cases rise