Veteran newspaper reporter, Author of "On the Rocketship: How High Performing Charters are Pushing the Envelope"
Richard Whitmire, a veteran newspaper reporter and former editorial writer at USA Today, is the author of the just-published <em>The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District</em> (Jossey Bass: February 8, 2011). He is also the author of<em> Why Boys Fail</em> (AMACOM: January 2010), which explores why boys are falling behind in K-12 schools. He writes the Why Boys Fail blog for Education Week and comments on urban school reform issues at <a href="http://www.thebeeeater.com" target="_hplink">thebeeeater.com</a>.<br />
Whitmire’s commentaries appear frequently in publications including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. For the boys book, he was interviewed by both Good Morning America and Fox & Friends. Education Next featured a reading from his book and a debate between Whitmire and a skeptic of the “boy troubles,” and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof made his book the centerpiece of a Sunday column.<br />
Whitmire is the immediate past president of the National Education Writers Association. In 2009 he was the Project Journalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education.