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Melissa B. Taboada

Editor of the Great Divide education team


Melissa Barragán Taboada is the editor of the Globe’s Great Divide education team. Prior to coming to the Globe in 2021, Taboada was a reporter and editor for 21 years at the Austin American-Statesman, where she led the paper’s education coverage. Her work also has appeared in the Texas Tribune and the Hechinger Report. Taboada taught a "Reporting on Education" course in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, her alma mater. A native Texan, Taboada is married with two sons, has a sweet tooth that would put any 5-year-old to shame and is crazy about large dogs.