Articles written by: Duncan Moon

Duncan Moon began his career in broadcast journalism at Monitor Radio in 1985 as an editorial assistant. He rose through the ranks as reporter, producer, editor and foreign Television and Radio Correspondent. He covered the 1st Palestinian Intifadeh from Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip; covered the first Bush-Gorbachev summit in Moscow; reported from Berlin on the fall of the wall and German Unification, and covered the 1st Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Duncan also went on to serve as Washington Bureau Chief, Senior International Editor, and Managing Editor for Monitor Radio. When Monitor Radio closed in 1997, he joined National Public Radio as a Supervising Editor and then as Religion Correspondent. His work on Islam in America was highlighted in NPR’s successful bids for the 2001 Peabody and Overseas Press Club awards, which NPR won for its coverage in the aftermath of September 11th. Unable to resist the lure of Alaska, Duncan left NPR in Jan 2003 to accept dual positions as Managing Editor of APRN (Alaska Public Radio Network) and Executive Producer of the 3-time PRNDI-award-winning weekly news magazine “AK” ( In his first year in Anchorage, APRN’s flagship daily news program “Alaska News Nightly” was named “Best Daily Newscast” in the Northwest by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Historical Perspective: 1957 Documentary Of The Clinton 12 by Edward R. Murrow
Segregation Shifts Series / Tennessee / Video

Historical Perspective: 1957 Documentary Of The Clinton 12 by Edward R. Murrow

In August, 1956, twelve students in Clinton, Tennessee made history by becoming the first to African-Americans to attend a state-supported high school in the south. The students became known as the “Clinton 12.” As the Southern Education Desk is running a series this week on the re-segregation of southern schools (“Segregation Shift: The New Faces of an Old Problem”), we thought you might like to see this piece of unique history through the ‘eyes of the time’ in this 1956 documentary from the legendary team of Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly at CBS-TV

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
Georgia / Multimedia / Video

Georgia Governor Deal Signs Order To Remove DeKalb County School Board Members

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an executive order to remove six or the nine members of the DeKalb County School Board in the state’s third largest school district.

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Wednesday Reading List: Education News from Across the South

A new report says federal stimulus funds met their goal of saving and creating teaching jobs over the past year – The Obama administration is proposing $1-billion to improve STEM – The Birmingham School Board decision to fire the Superintendent has been overturned – The Tennessee lottery’s education contribution sets a new record.

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Monday Reading List: Education News from Across the South

Nashville adult and senior community education classes are making a comeback after budget cuts and mismanagement. (The Tennessean) – Parents are cutting down on college costs by choosing less expensive schools or making students live at home while they get their degree. (AJC) – Alabama’s Huntsville school district is preparing more than 22,000 laptops and ipads for the upcoming school year. (The Huntsville Times)

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Wednesday Reading List: Education News from Across the South

Authorities Say Teachers In Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee Paid Other Teachers To Take Certification Tests (CNN); Education Officials Praise Tennessee Higher Education Efforts (Knoxville News Sentinel); Study Ties Alabama Jobless Rates To Educational Attainment (Birmingham News); Alabama Board Of Education Elects New Leaders (Montgomery Advertiser); Birmingham Board Hears Arguments To Fire Superintendent (Birmingham News)

What constitutes good teaching?  (Flickr)
Alabama / Audio / Georgia / Good Teaching Series / Louisiana / Making The Grade / Mississippi / National / Tennessee

“What Is Good Teaching?” Series Overview

For the past year, the Southern Education Desk has been reporting on the challenges facing education in the south. One core question that has surfaced over and over again is: What is good teaching? What are the elements and how is it accomplished? The answer is….well it’s complicated. This week, Southern Education Desk journalists from 5 states begin a series of reports that will seek to provide some answers.

Alabama / Audio

Dan Carsen Talks Alabama Immigration Law And Education On National Radio Show "The Takeaway"

Southern Education Desk reporter Dan Carsen discusses the effect of Alabama’s immigration law on the state’s schools.