Schooled: The Podcast was named a finalist for a Peter Lisagor Award in the category of BEST NEW PODCAST 2018. This award, by the Chicago Headline Club, is given for "Exemplary Chicago Journalism." 

Schooled: The Podcast is an education podcast dedicated to exploring school life through stories – the stories schools tell, the stories we tell about schools, and the stories underlying these stories.  Each episode is produced by Tom Couch and hosted by John O’Connor and features stories and interviews by people connected to schools – teachers, students, parents, administrators, writers, coaches, professors, and really anyone who has ever set foot in a school!

Show Staff:  

Tom Couch (producer) has worked as a recording and sound engineer at radio stations and on several podcasts. For more on Tom, visit his website at

Eric Johnson (technical assistance) works in IT at New Trier High School.

Charles Logan (contributing editor) is an educational technologist at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on Twitter at charleswlogan

John S. O'Connor (host) has taught English classes for the past 30 years in many different settings:  public, independent, and private schools; elementary, high school, and universities; an adult literacy center and a maximum security prison.   He has written two books on education and three books of poems. For more, visit his website or follow him on Twitter at john_s_oconnor.

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