Clara Hemphill was the founding editor of Insideschools.org, a free on-line guide to New York City public schools sponsored by Advocates for Children of New York. She is the author of New York City’s Best Public Elementary Schools: A Parent’s Guide and New York City’s Best Public Middle Schools: A Parents’ Guide.
New York magazine named her one of New York City’s 200 “influentials” (influential people) in 2006. She was a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, a producer for CBS News in Rome, and a reporter and editorial writer for New York Newsday, where she shared the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. Her columns and op ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and Newsday. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children, who attend public school.