Benjamin Herold is a contributing writer covering learning environments and ed-tech issues for Education Week. He joined Education Week in 2013 as a staff writer, covering technology for six years. Previously, Herold covered the Philadelphia school district for WHYY public radio station and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. He has won awards as the nation’s top education beat reporter and for his feature reporting on the city’s mass school closings. He has a master’s degree in urban education from Temple University and has previously worked as a policy researcher, an independent documentary filmmaker, and a training specialist for rape-crisis and domestic-violence-prevention organizations.