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Richard Lee Colvin

Senior Associate


Richard Lee Colvin is a speechwriter, editor and communications consultant specializing in education at all levels. Previously, he was the managing writer for the United States Department of Education. In this role, he managed the five-member writing team, wrote and edited major speeches for the secretary of education, supervised the creation of key messages, and generated or approved all remarks, talking points, press scripts and other documents for the secretary. Previously, Richard worked for four years as a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, editor, and communications strategist for a variety of publications, government agencies, foundations, and non- and for-profit education organizations. He also worked as a consultant to state education agencies in Delaware, Tennessee, Florida, and Colorado. From 2002 through 2011 he led nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving journalism about education and clearly communicating complex ideas about education policy to broad audiences.

In 2009, as executive director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Columbia University, Richard created the Hechinger Report, which deploys a team of journalists to cover education for a variety of publications. He has published widely and authored the 2013 “Tilting the Windmills: School Reform, San Diego, and America’s Race to Reform Public Education” published by Harvard Education Press.


  • Communications strategy
  • Writing and editing


  • MS in journalism from the University of Michigan
  • BS in English from Oberlin College

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