Robby Korth joined StateImpact Oklahoma in October 2019, focusing on education reporting.
He grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Journalism degree. Robby has reported for several newspapers, most recently covering higher education and other topics for The Roanoke Times in southwest Virginia. While there, he co-created the podcast Septic, spending a year reporting on the story of a missing five-year-old boy, the discovery of his body in a septic tank a few days after his disappearance, and the subsequent court trial of his mother. Although the story was of particular interest to residents in Virginia, the podcast gained a larger audience and was named as a New and Noteworthy podcast by Apple Podcasts.
On a personal note, Robby loves trivia games and won his elementary school's geography bee in fifth grade.
Every year, graduating seniors from Yukon High School in Yukon, Okla., go back to the local elementary school for a "Senior Sendoff" with their former childhood teachers.
The CDC has all kinds of recommendations for how to open classrooms. But a year into the pandemic, many schools, including two in Massachusetts and Oklahoma, have found their own way of doing things.
A school district in Oklahoma plans to group students together who have been exposed to the coronavirus. That way they can continue in-person schooling. Health advocates are worried about the idea.
For-profit virtual charter schools have been dogged by complaints of low student performance, fraud and waste. Still, many are seeing a pandemic-induced enrollment surge.