Peter Schmidt is a senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he covers affirmative action, academic labor, and issues related to academic freedom. He also is the author of the critically acclaimed Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War Over College Affirmative Action (Palgrave Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press, 2007). Schmidt previously covered state and federal higher-education policy and education research at The Chronicle. From 1989 to 1995, he was a staff writer for Education Week, where he covered school desegregation, urban education, and immigrant education. He has also reported for the Associated Press, the Detroit Free Press, The Northern Virginia Daily, and the Ann Arbor News, and he has contributed editorials to The Boston Globe, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.
Schmidt has received recognition from the National Education Writers Association, including special citations for beat reporting (2007-8); second place for opinion writing in newspapers above 100,000 circulation (2007); and second place for coverage of federal student-aid policy (1996). He is the recipient of the Unity Award for coverage of minority issues, from Lincoln University (2007); the PASS Award, from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, for outstanding reporting on juvenile justice (1994); and awards from the Virginia Press Association, for general news writing (1989), and for feature writing (1988).