Beth McMurtrie, a Chronicle senior writer, has covered the international activities of American colleges as well as higher-education developments in other parts of the world, including China and India. She joined The Chronicle in 1999, writing about religion, accreditation, and international news. From 2003 to 2012 she edited The Chronicle’s international-news section.
Before joining The Chronicle, McMurtrie covered higher education for the News & Record, in Greensboro, N.C. She has also been a reporter for The Tampa Tribune and Newsday. McMurtrie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
McMurtrie received first prize in the small-publication category, from the Education Writers Association, for her contribution to the "Asia Rising/America Falling” series (2009). She received second prize in the trade-publication category, from the Education Writers Association, for articles in the series "The Global Campus" (2007). McMurtrie is also the recipient of the Utne Independent Press Award for best political coverage, for international news (2007). In 2002 she received an award for the best in-depth news reporting on religion from the American Academy of Religion.