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 Journal. THE 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.