Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Media

Selected Print Articles and Interviews

The harsh truth about black enrollment at America’s elite colleges

Howard Gold, Marketwatch, June 25, 2020

Howard Gold, Marketwatch, June 25, 2020

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‘Do everything’: Journalist Paul Tough on how colleges can get more low-income students to graduate — and why many still do not

Interview with Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat, December 16, 2019

Interview with Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat, December 16, 2019

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The College Trap

Jonathan Silin, East Hampton Star, December 4, 2019

Jonathan Silin, East Hampton Star, December 4, 2019

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The myth of meritocracy

Review by Deborah D. Rogers and Howard P. Segal, Times Higher Education (London), November 14, 2019 [Article behind paywall; see PDF.]

Review by Deborah D. Rogers and Howard P. Segal, Times Higher Education (London), November 14, 2019 [Article behind paywall; see PDF.]

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As Inequities in Higher Ed Grow, So Does the Need To Address Them

By Rebecca T. Miller, School Library Journal, October 23, 2019

By Rebecca T. Miller, School Library Journal, October 23, 2019

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74 Interview: Class, Race & The Pursuit of College. Veteran Journalist Paul Tough Addresses Higher Ed Admissions, Mobility Myths and What His Critics at the College Board Get Wrong

Interview with Greg Toppo, The 74, October 16, 2019

Interview with Greg Toppo, The 74, October 16, 2019

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Is meritocracy making everyone miserable?

Louis Menand, The New Yorker, September 30, 2019

Louis Menand, The New Yorker, September 30, 2019

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Selected Radio/Podcast Interviews

Article Club: “Getting an A”

Interview with Mark Isero for Article Club’s discussion of Chapter Eight of “The Years That Matter Most,” February 17, 2020

Interview with Mark Isero for Article Club’s discussion of Chapter Eight of “The Years That Matter Most,” February 17, 2020

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How Children Succeed (with Paul Tough)

Podcast: Good Kids: How Not to Raise an A**hole, December 2019

Podcast: Good Kids: How Not to Raise an A**hole, December 2019

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Paul Tough – The Years That Matter Most

Interview with Blake McVey, “Book Talk,” WYPL (Memphis), October 26, 2019

Interview with Blake McVey, “Book Talk,” WYPL (Memphis), October 26, 2019

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What Does The SAT Really Measure?

Interview with Krys Boyd, “Think,” KERA (Dallas), September 23, 2019

Interview with Krys Boyd, “Think,” KERA (Dallas), September 23, 2019

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How College Makes Or Breaks Us

Interview with Doug Fabrizio, “RadioWest,” KUER Radio Salt Lake City, September 20. 2019

Interview with Doug Fabrizio, “RadioWest,” KUER Radio Salt Lake City, September 20. 2019

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Journalist Paul Tough On His New Book ‘How College Makes Or Breaks Us’

Interview with Jennifer White, Morning Shift, WBEZ Chicago, September 17, 2019

Interview with Jennifer White, Morning Shift, WBEZ Chicago, September 17, 2019

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Interview with DeRay Mckesson

Pod Save the People, September 17, 2019

Pod Save the People, September 17, 2019

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Selected Video Clips

Is college education as valuable as it once was to students?

Interview with Kristen Sze and Reggie Aqui, “Midday Live,” KGO San Francisco, October 2, 2019

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After Words with Paul Tough

Interview by Sara Goldrick-Rab, “After Words” on PBS, September 23, 2019

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Paul Tough on Chicago Tonight

Author Paul Tough on ‘How College Makes or Breaks Us’

Interview on “Chicago Tonight,” WTTW TV, September 16, 2019

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Paul Tough on PBS Newshour

Admissions scandal highlights ‘disconnect’ between colleges’ message and action

Interview with Amna Nawaz, “PBS Newshour,” September 13, 2019

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Paul Tough on Amanpour & Company

Paul Tough on Inequality in Higher Education

Interview with Michel Martin, “Amanpour & Co.,” PBS, September 12, 2019

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Helping Children Succeed

Paul Tough discusses his third book, Helping Children Succeed, at the Montauk School in 2016.

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Paul Tough – Special Address at WISE 2014

Paul Tough speaks at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar, November 2014

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Who Finishes College?

Paul Tough moderates a panel at the New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference, with panelists Jeff Nelson, David Laude, and Catherine Ntube. September 2014.

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How Low-Income Students Struggle at College

Paul Tough discusses his New York Times Magazine cover story on college completion on “Morning Joe,” MSNBC, May 2014.

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