CLEVELAND’S PROMISE with reporters Cameron Fields and Hannah Drown

For this innovative series, Cleveland Metropolitan School District gave two reporters unprecedented access to a classroom at Almira Elementary School to show readers the enormous challenges of educating children in poverty and what the school district is doing to overcome them. We discuss how the student’s navigate their lives, what services are available to them, and how the schools work to educate and care for our City’s young people.

Hannah Drown has been with The Plain Dealer and since 2014. During her five years as the Facebook Live news reporter, she covered breaking news, crime, entertainment and a number of other topics through on-the-scene broadcast reporting. Prior, she worked on the Cleveland’s Best team and launched a gluten-free lifestyle column.

Cameron Fields has written for and The Plain Dealer since 2020, when he started as a general assignment reporter covering COVID-19, business, social justice and community news, among other topics. He graduated from Ohio University in 2019, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

John Piche’ is an Outreach Librarian at Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.