Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist David L. Marcus has been a high school teacher, a visiting professor, and an educational consultant.
Dave was an education writer for U.S. News & World Report and a columnist and foreign correspondent for Newsday, The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, and The Dallas Morning News. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a series about violence against women around the world.
Dave writes about admissions for “The Choice,” a New York Times blog, and freelances about higher education for publications including Newsweek and Forbes.com. The Today Show featured him, and he has been a guest on Talk of the Nation and other National Public Radio shows.
His personal essay in the Times, “Confessions of an Ivy League Dad,” has led to speaking engagements at high schools, churches and synagogues across the country.
Dave is the author of a book about college admissions: Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right College – and Find Themselves (Penguin). Bloomberg News called it “excellent and A+.” It’s the true story of a diverse group of students in a journey of self-discovery as they consider colleges.
Before that, Dave wrote What It Takes to Pull Me Through: Why Teenagers Get in Trouble and How Four Got Out (Houghton Mifflin). For his research, Dave volunteered as a teacher at a boarding school for teens who did drugs, ran away from home or quietly suffered depression. Dave later spent a year teaching high school as a visiting fellow at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He has worked as a college admissions coach, helping families with school selection, campus visits, essay writing, interview prep, and financial aid.
Although he studied at two Ivy League universities—Brown and Harvard—he notes that his life-changing academic experience came while studying Spanish at a community college in Florida. That led him to be a foreign correspondent, based in Mexico City, Bogota, and Rio de Janeiro.