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The 74 is a nonprofit news website focusing on education issues in the United States. Co-founded by former CNN host and education reform activist Campbell Brown, the organization's name refers to the 74 million children in America under 18 years of age. Romy Drucker, who previously worked for the New York City Department of Education under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is co-founder and CEO.[1][2][4][5][6]

The 74 is a non-profit news site covering education in America.[1]
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Founder(s)Campbell Brown, Romy Drucker[1]
FoundedJuly 2015[2]
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States[3]


Based in New York City, the website launched in July 2015.

In August 2015, The 74 hosted an education summit in Manchester, New Hampshire, attended by Gov. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Gov. John Kasich, Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Gov. Chris Christie, who were all Republican presidential candidates. The summit was sponsored by the American Federation for Children, the nation's leading school-choice advocacy organization.[7][8][9]

The 74 also scheduled a second education summit in Iowa to feature Democratic presidential candidates in conjunction with the Des Moines Register, the state's largest daily newspaper. However, the event was cancelled. In an interview with Politico, Campbell Brown said Democratic candidates were unwilling to attend the event because of pressure from historically Democratic teachers unions eager to move the party away from school reforms implemented under President Barack Obama.[10]


The 74 launched with a $4 million annual budget. Funders include Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Walton Family Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c "About Us | The 74". Archived from the original on 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  2. ^ a b Fahri, Paul (July 14, 2015). "Campbell Brown has a new education-focused site: Is it news or advocacy?". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "Letters to the Editor | The 74". Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  4. ^ Alpert, Lukas (June 23, 2015). "Campbell Brown to Launch Non-Profit Education News Site That Won’t Shy From Advocacy." The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Haberman, Maggie (July 12, 2015). "Site Devoted to Education Overhaul Is to Hold Presidential Forums". The New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Walsh, Mark (June 23, 2015). "Advocate, Former TV Anchor Campbell Brown to Launch Education News Site." Education Week. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Killough, Ashley and LoBianco, Tom (August 19, 2015). "Common Core on 2016 syllabus at New Hampshire education summit." CNN. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Balingit, Moriah (August 19, 2015) "GOP presidential hopefuls tested on education issues at N.H. forum." The Washington Post. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  9. ^ The 74 Staff (August 7, 2015). "VIDEO RECAP: Watch Bush, Christie, Fiorina, Jindal, Kasich and Walker Talk K-12 at the NH Education Summit". The 74. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  10. ^ Grunwald, Michael (October 7, 2015). "Bowing to unions, 2016 Dems skip Campbell Brown's education forum". Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Supporters". The 74. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Seventy Four, founded by controversial advocate, takes over LA School Report". Retrieved 2016-03-24.