Linda Lenz is the founder and publisher of . Before launching Catalyst in 1990, Lenz was the education writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and before that an editorial writer for the Chicago Daily News. Following graduation from the University of Illinois at Urbana, she was a political writer and columnist for Pioneer Press, North Shore. Lenz is former president of the Education Writers Association, a 900-member organization that promotes informed coverage of education in print and broadcast media across the country.
Lenz also has written scripts for two television documentaries, one for CBS TV and one for WTBS. At the start of her career as an education writer, she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship in Educational Journalism to conduct a national study of teacher accountability. She has also won awards for editorial writing (Chicago Headline Club), magazine writing (Benjamin Fine Awards), investigative series (Education Writers Association) and editing (Chicago Women in Publishing).
She also is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Association for Women Journalists -- Chicago, the City Club of Chicago and Women on Call, a volunteer organization.