About Jennifer Medina

Jennifer Medina became an education reporter for The New York Times in June 2007, covering New York City schools. Ms. Medina has held several positions since joining The Times in 2004, most recently serving as Hartford bureau chief since July 2006. Previously, she covered Westchester and the New York State legislature in Albany.

She joined The Times as an intern in education, where she turned out a memorable series on how city schools were pushing students out so they wouldn’t count as part of the dropout rate. Ms. Medina began her journalism career with internships at the Boston Globe, Denver Post, Orange County Register and Reno Gazette Journal.

In 2006, Ms. Medina was the recipient of a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York for her stories on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Born in Riverside, Calif., Ms. Medina graduated from Rubidoux High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and political science from University of Southern California. She currently lives in Manhattan.

Gang Database Criticized for Denying Due Process May Be Used for Deportations

Peter Arellano was standing on the street with his father last year when an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department handcuffed him, supposedly for vandalism a few blocks away. Before asking him for any information about the incident, the police officer asked him for his gang moniker, Mr. Arellano said. He told the officer he had none. But moments later, Mr. Arellano was served with a gang injunction, restricting where he could go in public and with whom. “There wasn’t a chance to argue … [Read more...]

Los Angeles to Reduce Arrest Rate in Schools

fter years of arresting students for on-campus fights and damaging school property, Los Angeles school officials are adopting new policies to reduce the number of students who are disciplined in the juvenile court system. Under new policies expected to be introduced Tuesday, students who deface school property, participate in an on-campus fights or are caught with tobacco will no longer be given citations by officers from the Los Angeles School Police Department. Instead, they will be dealt … [Read more...]

California Facing More Prison Woes

Just six months after declaring “the prison crisis is over in California,” Gov. Jerry Brown is facing dire predictions about the future of the state’s prison system, one of the largest in the nation. A widespread inmate hunger strike in protest of California’s policy of solitary confinement was approaching its second week on Sunday. The federal courts have demanded the release of nearly 10,000 inmates and the transfer of 2,600 others who are at risk of contracting a deadly disease in the … [Read more...]