A nationally renowned writer and thinker about education, Peg Tyre is the author of the influential and widely praised books The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve (H. Holt 2011) and The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Parents & Educators Must Do (Crown 2008) which became a New York Times bestseller and won the prestigious Books For A Better Life award in 2009.
Tyre specializes in making complicated education research and thorny policy questions around schooling accessible to parents—the most passionate and motivated stakeholders in the national debate about education reform. And the ones who are most often ignored.
Tyre spent two decades in journalism, writing cover stories for Newsweek and features and analysis for the New York Times. At the start of her career, as a newspaper reporter, she was part of a group of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize. She was twice nominated for a National Magazine Award (the magazine industry equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize). She was also honored by the Education Writers Association. She has written for—or been written about—in Salon.com, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNN.com, Time.com, People, U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Post.
In 2009, she was awarded a Spencer Research Fellowship at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. In 2011, she co-taught the "covering education" course there.
She has discussed her ideas on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Anderson Cooper and NPR. She has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Emory and the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. She has given the keynote address at national education events and spoken at corporate conferences. She is frequently asked to conduct teacher training at public and private schools around the nation and provide workshops to parents on education issues. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, novelist and television writer Peter Blauner and their two sons.