John Strauss

Editorial Director

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John Strauss is editorial director at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. In his role, Strauss plans, edits, and supervises the production of Lumina Foundation publications, collateral, and other printed material; edits and creates content for print, online, and multimedia products; and directs the creation of speeches and presentations for the foundation’s executives.

Strauss is a former editor with The Associated Press in Indianapolis, Nashville, and New York City. He also covered public policy and helped lead digital publishing efforts at The Indianapolis Star and other local media. Before joining Lumina, he taught journalism at Ball State University, served as interim general manager of the university’s public TV and radio outlets, and was a public media producer of podcasts, radio, and television.

Strauss earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s in telecommunications and digital storytelling from Ball State University, and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Butler University.

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College affordability, and why we should go beyond financial aid

Affordability is about more than the cost of textbooks, tuition, and fees. It’s also about reliable access to food, housing, transportation, and childcare. And while schools are developing programs to tackle these issues, we’re not using all the tools we could be to improve the success of low-income students, who make up more than a third of today’s college students.