Moriah Balingit covers national education issues for The Washington Post. She started in the newsroom as a graduate student fellow from American University in 2014, earning a master's degree in journalism while covering Virginia schools. Before coming to The Post, she covered crime, city hall and crime in city hall for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She also wrote about former mill towns and juvenile murder convicts, and covered a mass shooting at a psychiatric hospital. While in Pittsburgh, she earned fellowships from the International Center for Journalists and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to report on the rise of labor unions in Bangladesh's garment industry and on Nepal's Bhutanese refugees. She grew up in Sacramento, attended the University of Oregon, and interned at the Sacramento Bee and the Oregonian during college.