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“The Emergency Teacher: The Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner City

School” After years covering schools for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Christina wanted to see for herself why the Philadelphia school system was one of the worst in the nation. In 1999, as a 25 year old, she left the newsroom and became a 6th grade school teacher at North Philadelphia public school.  In addition to publishing articles, she wrote a nonfiction book “The Emergency Teacher” chronicling the injustices, segregation and politics confronting new teachers who hope to make a difference. Her on-the-ground reporting tells the stories of a handful of struggling students, as well as exposes waste and corruption in the school district’s funding, labor union contracts and federal grants.  More info at:

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A Sample of Past Articles

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Could tens of millions of dollars and a handful of American professors turn around Iraq’s crumbling university system after decades of war and sanctions? Shortly after Baghdad fell, Christina Asquith spent a month investigating the story:,%20asquith&st=cse

THE GUARDIAN: After the fall of Saddam, Iraqi teachers dabble with Western teaching styles, including the radical notion of letting students express their opinion.

EDUCATIONNEWS.COM Radical Islamists attempts to hijack Iraq’s school system was a story missed by the mainstream media. Christina Asquith’s weekly column for took readers into the classroom and showed them how the war affected the lives of Iraqi teachers and students. Her coverage won her “Educator of the Year” award in 2005 from Education News. See her columns here:

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Refugees Tell of US attacks: 

Islamic fundamentalists Bloody takeover of Iraqi Universities: