Grace Rubenstein was born and raised in the small town of Mill Valley, California, and loved writing short stories (fiction) and poetry from as early as third grade. During high school she was involved with student government and wrote for the school newspaper. She loved it, but decided to major in psychology and pursue her interest in theater at Williams. After graduating in 2001, Grace was hired as a research coordinator in the psychiatry department at Massachusetts General Hospital, but quickly found herself restless and determined that the field wasn’t for her. Grace enrolled in a night class in journalism at the Harvard Extension School and started pitching her stories (and, to her own surprise, publishing them!) to the City Weekly section of the Boston Globe.
After working at the hospital for one year, she quit and searched for a job writing. Grace freelanced for a few months and then was hired as a reporter at The Eagle-Tribune, a 55,000-circulation daily in Lawrence, MA. She learned the ropes of reporting working until 2 a.m. sometimes while covering town meetings and school features in North Andover, Mass. for a year and half. Then Grace became the education reporter, covering the schools in the city of Lawrence and statewide education policy issues. In 2003, Grace was among several Eagle-Tribune reporters to earn the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage.
Eager to return home to California, Grace worked for a community newspaper company and spent six months launching a countywide weekly news magazine before finding her current position at Edutopia, the magazine of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. As staff writer, she writes about innovation in public education across the U.S. and will soon be editing a small health section in the magazine. Her family is nearby, the trees stay green all year, and she is very, very happy to be home.