Clara Hemphill

hemphillI am a writer, editor, and parent dedicated to informing other parents about New York City’s public schools. The New York Times called my three books “the most definitive guides” to the city’s schools. New York magazine called me of the 200 most “influential” New Yorkers for my work “empowering parents” as founding editor of the website, housed at the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs, a public policy research center.

As a reporter and editorial writer for New York Newsday, I shared the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. New York magazine called my writing on the homeless “worthy of Dickens.” As foreign correspondent for The Associated Press and a producer for CBS News based in Rome in the 1980s, I covered the war in Lebanon, the attempted assassination of the pope and numerous Mafia murders. My columns and op-ed pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Daily News and Newsday. I live in Manhattan with my husband, Robert Snyder, and two children, who attended public schools in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Send your queries

If you have questions about NYC public schools, you may post them here and I will try to answer them.

Speaking and Consulting Services

New York City has the largest system of school choice in the country, but navigating the bureaucracy can frustrate the most intrepid parent. To help parents evaluate their choices, I give talks to meetings of Parent Teacher Associations.

I am also available for consulting services. Learn more