Alan Richard works with the news media to bring more attention to critical education issues in SREB states. Previously a national writer for Education Week, he also covered education for newspapers in his native South Carolina. The winner of multiple National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, more recently he was an independent writer and advisor to nonprofit organizations. He also served as SREB’s director of communications from 2006 to 2011—and is thrilled to be back at SREB. He lives in Atlanta.