Edwards, a communications and organizational-development consultant, was the CEO of Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week and edweek.org, from March 1997 until she stepped down in July 2016. In the face of dramatic media disruption, she is credited with energetically evolving EPE and Ed Week over the years from a print-only publication to a thriving, financially successful 24/7 digital news operation.
Edwards also served as the editor-in-chief of Education Week – the premier “news outlet of record” for pre-collegiate education in the United States – from 1989-2016. The newspaper, published 37 times a year, is read by more than 200,000 subscribers and “pass-along” readers. For 20 years, she was also the editor of edweek.org, which reaches an audience of 2 million registered users, and, in 2015, she launched the Education Week Video unit to produce segments for the PBS NewsHour and other broadcast partners as well as digital video and other multimedia content for edweek.org and other online platforms.
Before joining EPE, Edwards worked for two years for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and, for the nearly 10 years before that, was an editor and reporter at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.
A frequent speaker on education-policy, media, and organizational-development issues, Edwards has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including, currently, the National Writing Project, Seek Common Ground, and the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation, which supports programs to honor and develop collegiate student leaders.