Deanna Pan is a reporter on the Great Divide team, covering race, class and opportunity in public schools, and a frequent contributor to Globe Magazine. Prior to joining The Boston Globe in 2019, she spent three years as a reporter at The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., reporting on K-12 schools and higher education. She was honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing in 2019 for her series on the unjust execution of 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., the youngest person put to death in modern U.S. history. She is also a 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 honoree in the media category. Deanna started her journalism career as a staff writer for The Inlander in Spokane, Wash., writing about subjects as wide ranging as Bigfoot believers, mass shooting survivors, and insanity-defense patients. She grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati and graduated from Ohio State University, where she changed her major almost a dozen times before settling on English.