LynNell Hancock is a reporter and writer specializing in education and child and family policy issues, who has taught journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism since 1993. She is the director of the Spencer Fellowship for Education Journalism, a program that supports the work of mid-career journalists to study at Columbia and produce significant works of journalism on education topics.
In addition to contributing to Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation and The New York Times, she served on staff of The Village Voice, the New York Daily News, and Newsweek where she covered national and local education issues. She has served on the National Advisory Board of Journalism Fellowships in Child and Family Policy and Columbia University’s Institute for Child and Family Policy.
Hancock is the author of "Hands to Work: The Stories of Three Families Racing the Welfare Clock" (2002) and contributed to "America’s Mayor" (2005) and "The Public Assault on America’s Children: Poverty, Violence and Juvenile Injustice" (2000).
Hancock holds an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literature and an M.S. in Journalism, both from Columbia.