Thomas Peele is an investigative reporter at EdSource. He is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter. His journalism career began in 1983 at a small weekly newspaper. He has a B.A. in journalism from Long Island University and an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. In addition to his Pulitzer for stories on the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, he has won more that 70 journalism awards including the (Ralph) McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage, and the Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for reporting on organized crime. He is also the author of Killing the Messenger, a book about the 2007 assassination of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey. Prior to joining EdSource in 2020, he was an investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group for 20 years. He is also a continuing lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
All articles by Thomas Peele
The once-in-a-lifetime pandemic drove Congress and two presidential administrations to approve $69 billion in Covid relief for higher education with the highest amount, more than $9.5 billion, for California colleges and universities.
July 8, 2021
Community colleges face calls to do more as Black, Native American and Pacific Islander students enroll in for-profit colleges at alarming rates.
June 15, 2021
California's community colleges and state university system are deeply involved in training and educating police officers and are making changes a year after George Floyd was murdered.
May 11, 2021
At issue is the future of the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, which regulates for-profit colleges in California
March 17, 2021
The agency that regulates California’s 1800 for-profit colleges needs reauthorization from the Legislature to keep operating. Lawmakers say they want it to do a better job protecting the 260,000 students at for-profit schools.
March 12, 2021
California higher education supporters say the state legislature needs to change an arcane state law that inadequately funds efforts to diversify community college faculty. An EdSource investigation revealed the system's failings.
March 5, 2021
The California Community Colleges has a highly diverse student body but relies on a failed and arcane state law to diversify its faculty.
March 1, 2021
Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley stepped up support for campus leaders urging them to not back down after some faced sharp attacks to statements condemning Capitol violence.
January 14, 2021
Unclear ballot language, lack of time to connect with voters explain affirmative action loss, backers say
Confusing ballot language, lack of time to get a clear message to voters and misreading public support contributed to the decisive loss of Prop. 16
November 5, 2020
With 100% of the precincts reporting, voters are rejecting return of affirmative action in California. At least several million mail-in, provisional and same-day registration ballots were still being counted.
November 3, 2020
Despite being outspent, the No on Prop. 16 campaign is leading in at least one statewide poll.
October 30, 2020
When California voters in 1996 rejected affirmative action, CSU and UC could no longer consider race and ethnicity in admissions, making a huge impact on the public universities.
October 29, 2020
Ward Connerly: Anti-affirmative action leader calls Proposition 16 effort to ‘reshape’ power in California
Ward Connerly, the ex-University of California regent who fought to end affirmative action in 1996, has resurfaced to fight Proposition 16 which would allow the state's public universities to use race and ethnicity to decide admissions, faculty and contracts.