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BEST LOCAL REPORTING

Andrew Marra’s coverage of Palm Beach County schools for The Palm Beach Post.

George Orwell said it best: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.” We’ll bet the Palm Beach County School District didn’t want Palm Beach Post reporter Andrew Marra to print that members of the public who had signed to air complaints at public meeting were quietly being discouraged from speaking. And we bet they didn’t want to read about the Boca Raton High School teacher they were trying to jail for mentoring a troubled student. But Mr. Marra told her story, and the district backed off. Whether it’s superintendents, teachers or the teachers union, Mr. Marra is relentless, and relentlessly fair, in telling the stories they often don’t want told.

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