Kyla Calvert Mason is a reporter/producer covering education for the PBS NewsHour. She has covered national education debates and trends in studio discussions, field packages and web posts. Prior to the PBS NewsHour, she was the education reporter for KPBS, where she covered the California budget crisis public schools and universities faced, school district efforts to fight childhood obesity and creative teaching approaches. Her reporting also included series on the earthquake safety of San Diego County’s school buildings and San Diego Unified’s growing homeless student population.
After receiving her master’s in journalism with a concentration in digital media from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Kyla worked as a reporting and web production fellow with Hearst Newspapers. She worked on the organization’s national investigative project Dead By Mistake, which received the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award. She also worked on the Albany Times-Union coverage of the corruption trial of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno.
Kyla has filed radio pieces for The California Report, NPR and PRX. Her written work has appeared in New York publications City Hall and The Capitol as well as the Albany Times-Union and The Island Packet in Beaufort County, S.C. She received her B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in race and ethnicity from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.