Jane Hammond


Hampton Roads, Va.

Jane Hammond

Education reporter at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. Recent graduate of Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism in Macon, Ga.



Peninsula schools differ in how they restrain, isolate students

School divisions across the Peninsula vary in how they handle disruptive or emotional children in potentially confrontational situations. Some school systems follow a policy on restraint and seclusion as approved by their school boards, while other systems train security officers in what they determine are "best practices."
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Newport News school's play tackles sensitive issue of hate crimes

Woodside High School is putting on "The Laramie Project", a play about Matthew Shepard, a gay student murdered at the University of Wyoming. Woodside High School's fall play about a university student who was murdered for being gay might be considered controversial in other schools, but teachers and students say the topic is too important to ignore.
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Hampton's, Newport News' low graduation rates reflect common challenge: poverty

Students in Hampton and Newport News graduate at a lower rate than the state and surrounding area, and experts and educators in Virginia point to one main contributing factor: poverty. For the 2014-15 school year, 90.5 percent of all Virginia seniors graduated four years after entering high school.
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Poverty, intoxication, roads that favor drivers prove a dangerous mix

Macon-Bibb County has a lot of the two things that are most strongly correlated with pedestrian deaths nationwide: vehicle-centric infrastructure and poverty. Likewise, a 2009 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that, nationwide, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure is much more prevalent in higher-income neighborhoods.
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Expense allowances for commissioners come with no strings attached

Over the past six years, commissioners in Clayton, Cobb and DeKalb counties collectively received about $465,000 in supplemental expense allowances with little accounting of how the money was used, a Georgia News Lab and Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found. The allowances, paid directly to commissioners, range from $3,000 to $7,200 a year and are intended to cover job-related expenses.
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Youth Football Clinics Try A New Angle To Prevent Concussions

On a windy day in in Macon, Ga., dozens of second-graders are standing on a university football field, crowded around Atlanta Falcons rookie Terren Jones. Jones is helping to lead a Heads Up Football clinic, one of hundreds held across the country this spring by the nonprofit USA Football. Primarily funded by the NFL, these clinics teach parents about proper helmet and shoulder-pad fitting, and kids as young as 6 learn how to avoid concussions from pros like Jones.

Mercer beats Duke, NPR Newscast, 3-21-2014

Mercer University student reporter Jane Hammond files for NPR on Mercer's stunning NCAA tournament upset over Duke University.

NPR: Braves Fans Shocked By Team's Plans To Move

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves say they're planning to build a new stadium in the suburbs. Georgia Public Broadcasting's Jane Hammond repor...

Death of Woodside student shines light on bullying prevention

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Va. trooper Chad Dermyer remembered as 'the best of the best'

Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer, by all accounts, loved his work. Former colleagues and people who knew Dermyer as a police officer and later as a state trooper in the Peninsula area said he was one of the best officers they knew and that he was rarely found without a smile on his face. Dermyer, 37, was fatally shot Thursday in a Greyhound bus station in Richmond.
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HU students excited to watch team's chance to beat No. 1 Virginia

It has not become old hat for Hampton University students to cheer on their men's basketball team in the postseason. A second consecutive NCAA tournament berth is still cause for early morning bus rides to Raleigh, N.C., and watch parties all over campus for students who can't make the trip. At least 56 students will pay $25 to ride on a bus and watch the 16th-seeded Pirates take on Midwest Region top seed Virginia on Thursday around 3 p.m. on truTV.
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Washington christened with the second smash of a bottle

With the second swing of the ceremonial bottle and resulting shower of sparking wine, Elisabeth Mabus officially christened the submarine SSN 787 as the Washington during a ceremony Saturday afternoon at the shipyard. Mabus is the sponsor of the 14th Virginia-class submarine being built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Connecticut-based General Dynamics Electric Boat.
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Jane Hammond

I'm an education reporter covering Newport News Public Schools and Hampton University at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.

I'm a recent graduate of the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University. I freelanced at The Telegraph during my last two years in school, covering high school basketball, football, soccer and other topics.

I spent summer 2015 as an investigative reporting intern at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, helping the team with ongoing investigations while closing out work I did with the Georgia News Lab in the spring.

I interned with iHeartMedia, Inc. in fall 2014, co-hosting the two-hour Mercer Tailgate Show on local sports radio station. I also interned at and The Huntsville Times in summer 2014, where I covered local sports and headed’s World Cup coverage, utilizing SEO-friendly techniques on posts that helped Huntsville hub reach traffic goals by 103 percent. In fall 2013 I interned with Georgia Public Broadcasting, having GPB's first sports-only beat of Mercer's first football team in 72 years.

I worked for Vox Media from July 2013-May 2015, where I managed SB Nation blog and served as the copy and news editor of