Rebecca Griesbach covers the educational opportunity gap in Birmingham, Alabama, for AL.com, which reports on Alabama news. Prior to joining AL, Griesbach tracked and reported on COVID-19 cases in correctional facilities for The New York Times, and gathered election data for OpenElections.net. Her journalism career started when she joined her high school newspaper as a hopeful comics artist in the 10th grade. There, she worked with ProPublica journalists to tell the story of school segregation in her hometown of Tuscaloosa. As a college intern for Chalkbeat, Griesbach covered education history, equity and access across Alabama and in Memphis. She holds a master’s degree in gender and race studies from The University of Alabama, where she earned her bachelor’s in journalism and was editor-in-chief of The Crimson White, the student newspaper.
Beat: Educational opportunity in Birmingham
This Report for America Corps member, based in Birmingham, covers the “opportunity gap” by reporting on the achievement gap between white students and students of color.