Mackenzie Mays covers education in California. Prior to joining POLITICO in 2019, she was the investigative reporter at the Fresno Bee, where her political watchdog reporting received a National Press Club press freedom award.
She is well-versed in California's complex education policy, having started at the Bee as the education reporter, and also covered the ed beat at the Charleston Gazette-Mail in her home state of West Virginia.
She is a WVU graduate and spends her time defending Appalachia and the correct pronunciation of it. (Apple-atch-uh.)