Stuff in the ‘Dale Russakoff’ Category

4 May, 2016


Dale Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. From 1994 to 2008, she served in the Post’s New York Bureau, where she covered the NYC metropolitan area, including Newark, New Jersey.

Dale Russakoff grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, attended public schools and graduated from Harvard University. She began her career as a reporter for The Alabama Journal and later lThe Atlanta JournalTHE PRIZE:  Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools (Houghton Mifflin, September, 2015), excerpted in The New Yorker, is her first book.  It was a New York Times bestseller, and a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for a work of a nonfiction, described by the judges as “a searing portrait of the enormous challenges of ‘saving our schools’.” THE PRIZE was also nominated for a Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.  Alex Kotlowitz, reviewing the book in The New York Times declared:  “THE PRIZE may well be one of the most important books on education to come along in years.”

Russakoff lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband Matthew Purdy, an editor at The New York Times.  They have two grown sons.


5 November, 2015

Interview with Dale Russakoff at Rutgers Newark, November 5, 5:30 p.m.

THE PRIZE 51UTBTUV8bLDaleRussakoff_007  See below for more details.

The event is open to the public.  Robeson Hall 255-257, 5:30 p.m.  Books can be purchased and will be signed by the author after the interview.

A Conversation with Dale Russakoff, New York Times bestselling author of THE PRIZE: Who is In Charge of Our Schools?

Brilliantly reported…May well be one of the most important books on education to come along in years.” Alex Kotlowitz, New York Times Book Review

Dale Russakoff’s THE PRIZE: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? (Houghton Mifflin, September 2015) has ignited a national conversation about education, poverty, philanthropy and politics. The book tells the riveting story of a grand experiment conceived by an improbable alliance of former Mayor Cory Booker, Governor Chris Christie and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to save an urban school district. The hope was to create in Newark a model for education in disadvantaged districts nationwide. Combining clear-eyed analysis, brilliant reporting and an ability to weave together many disparate skeins into a compelling narrative, THE PRIZE reveals the intricate agendas at play. The high-stakes battle for control of Newark’s schools—and the money attached to it—is the latest chapter in a long history of neglect and betrayal of the citizens of Newark, who first learned about the Zuckerberg gift of $100 million along with the nation, when it was announced on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Russakoff, who brings nearly 3 decades of experience as a Washington Post reporter, gained first-person access to all of the key players, but also spent hours in the classrooms, at school and town meetings and at the homes of students and their families. Within the broken system, she discovers gifted teachers, dedicated parents and bright young “scholars” with a hunger to learn. In THE PRIZE, she lends us her eyes and ears. We are in the back of the limousine with Cory Booker, in the board room with teams of highly paid consultants, at town meetings with former Superintendent of Schools, Cami Anderson, and face-to-face with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.

Interviewed by Joelle Delbourgo, Russakoff’s long-time friend, literary agent, and Lecturer in the English Department at Rutgers, this conversation will trace how a newspaper journalist at one of the top newspapers in the country transitioned from reporting for newspapers to writing a full-length book that took four and a half years.   They will discuss the publishing process, from book proposal to bestselling book. Russakoff will share the tremendous reaction to the book which has resulted in a New Yorker excerpt, speaking engagements at Stanford and the Harvard School of Education, media coverage worldwide, and translation sales in China, Korea and the Czech Republic. Most important, Russakoff will offer her observations and what they mean for the city of Newark, for our schools and for the future of our children.



12 October, 2015

THE PRIZE: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools, sold in China and Korea

We’re so pleased to have just closed on two foreign sales, thanks to our excellent representation in Asia, for this New York Times bestseller by veteran journalist, Dale Russakoff.  THE PRIZE has just been acquired in Mainland China by Cheers, one of the leading nonfiction publishers of Simple Chinese translations, and by Parkyoung Story Co. in Korea.  It’s heartening to see that the story about the Newark schools resonates in these countries, where education is so highly regarded.

17 September, 2015

THE PRIZE is now a New York Times bestseller!

THE PRIZE:  Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools, by veteran reporter Dale Russakoff debuts

on The New York Times bestseller list 9/27 at #12!  THE PRIZE 51UTBTUV8bL

11 September, 2015

Dale Russakoff’s THE PRIZE draws 350 people to Newark Public Library Event

prizeLast night, a crowd of Newark parents, educators and other stakeholders gathered to hear a panel discuss Dale Russakoff’s just-published book, THE PRIZE:  Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?  Russakoff, a veteran reporter at the Washington Post who spent 4 years researching and writing the book, opened the discussion, with others from the worlds of philanthropy, public education and charter schools weighing in.  The crowd, 350 strong, was electric in their response to the panelists and the line for questions from the audience was long.  Russakoff signed books after the event, with Watchung Booksellers, an independent bookstore in Montclair, NJ, opening carton after carton of the hardcover books for sale.