Robin Estrin

Robin Estrin

KCRW reporter and producer who primarily covers education

Robin Estrin is a reporter and producer from Los Angeles, primarily covering education. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, she's reported on COVID-19 for the New York Times, the 2020 presidential election for CalMatters, and K-12 education for Lookout Santa Cruz. Before joining KCRW in 2021, she reported drought, wildfire and election stories for the Los Angeles Times. She's worked as a projectionist, a barista, a bookseller, and a teacher.

Robin Estrin on KCRW

In the 1990s, a reading strategy called “balanced literacy” took over CA public schools. The problem? Kids didn’t learn to read. Now, phonics is making a comeback.

CA kids learning to read may finally get hooked on phonics

In the 1990s, a reading strategy called “balanced literacy” took over CA public schools. The problem? Kids didn’t learn to read. Now, phonics is making a comeback.

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California will spend $2 billion to address learning loss, settling a lawsuit that alleged it violated children’s rights to equal education during the pandemic.

CA students stuck with pandemic learning loss win settlement

California will spend $2 billion to address learning loss, settling a lawsuit that alleged it violated children’s rights to equal education during the pandemic.

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U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Lesly Gonzalez works 10-hour days leading up to Christmas. Does the heavy workload dampen her holiday spirit?

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U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Lesly Gonzalez works 10-hour days leading up to Christmas. Does the heavy workload dampen her holiday spirit?

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