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Anya is endlessly curious about learning and the future.
Her 2022 book The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children’s Lives, And Where We Go Now is available for preorder. It’s the essential account of the manifold impacts of the pandemic on the next generation and a call for action.
Publisher’s Weekly says: ‘Striking an expert balance between the big picture and intimate profiles of students, teachers, parents, and school officials, this is an astute and vital first draft of history.”
Kirkus called it “an account of the massive educational disruption caused by the pandemic…An insightful, educative treatise from a seasoned professional.”
Lithub says it’s a “Work of Nonfiction You Need To Read This Summer”: “We still cannot know the cost of these terrible years on the younger generation, but with The Stolen Year, we can at least begin the reckoning.”
She is a sought-after keynote speaker and trainer on topics including education, post-pandemic wellbeing, leadership and life planning for young people; you can book her through Keppler Speakers. She’s an award-winning correspondent for National Public Radio.
Her book The Art of Screen Time (PublicAffairs, 2018) is now out in paperback with a new preface for the pandemic. It’s an essential, don’t-panic guide to kids, parents, and screens. Buy it now!
Her previous books were Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), one of the first to identify student loans as an urgent national political issue; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), which established her as an educational futurist by predicting the online learning revolution, and The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), which is about the past, present, and future of assessment in K-12 education.
Learning, Freedom and the Web, The Edupunks’ Guide, and the Edupunks’ Atlas are her free web projects about self-directed, web-enabled learning.
Anya was a longtime education correspondent for NPR. Previously she was staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She’s contributed to The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and many other publications.
She received the 2022 Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research Award from the American Educational Research Association, a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for Innovation from the Radio Television Digital News Association, was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and won 2009, 2010, and 2015 National Awards from the Education Writers Association.
She appears in the documentaries Generation Next (2006), Default: A Student Loan Documentary (2011), both shown on PBS, and Ivory Tower, (2014) distributed by Participant Media.
Anya grew up in Louisiana and graduated from Yale University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.