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.



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...

Students build tabletop roller coasters with help of Busch Gardens

Fourth- and fifth-graders from 23 Newport News elementary schools built roller coasters Friday with the help of an expert: Busch Gardens. Teams of students constructed ramps for marbles to travel down, using materials such as cardboard and tin foil. Designs were scored based on loops, tunnels, slope and time the "passenger" traveled on the "coaster."
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W&M announces $1 billion fundraising campaign

The College of William and Mary announced an ambitious fundraising campaign Thursday night — a $1 billion goal called "For the Bold." According to W&M officials, the goal is the largest announced campaign of a public university of its size and the biggest of any institution without schools of medicine or engineering and with fewer than 100,000 alumni.
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Peninsula schools welcome students for first day back to classes

Elijah Pope handled the first day of kindergarten better than his parents. The 5-year-old sat attentively in his new classroom at Machen Elementary in Hampton while Wilka and James Pope lingered in the doorway with other parents. "We're just trying to make sure that he's comfortable and he doesn't feel a lack of confidence or get the butterflies," James Pope said.
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Macon-Bibb among deadliest counties in Georgia for pedestrians

The number of people who are hit and killed by vehicles while walking in Macon-Bibb County surprised Lisa Dawson. The director of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention Program looked at the county-ranked data from 2008-2012, the most recent information available, and saw something she called “concerning.”.
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Gambling expert talks coin-operated amusement machines

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Sims’ hard work pays off with state title

Lauren Sims calmly braced herself at the Morgan County Aquatic Center on Jan. 31. Feeling intense determination, the Covenant junior prepared to dive into the water and prove herself at the GICAA swimming championship. She did just that as she raced to her best finishes of her career. She claimed the girls 100-yard butterfly and helped win the medley relay team, freestyle relay team and overall state champion team titles for Covenant.
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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