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Kevin Corcoran leads communication strategy and outreach for Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Before assuming this role in 2016, he directed a multi-state effort for the foundation to rethink higher education business and finance models and craft related public policy principles rooted in nonpartisan research and analysis.
Corcoran’s higher ed expertise includes competency-based learning, state authorization of online degree programs, and outcomes-based funding. The five-member communications team he leads executes a cutting-edge strategy rooted in audience, narrative, and storytelling research to advance Lumina’s leadership in higher education and workforce training. He also created a grant portfolio that supports public and nonprofit newsrooms and training organizations, including PBS NewsHour, Washington Monthly, and WGBH in Boston.
Before joining Lumina in 2007, Corcoran worked as a newspaper reporter for nearly 20 years, including as an investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star. He has received local, state, and national awards, including the George Polk Award and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel. In addition, his work has been cited by groups such as Human Rights Watch and the National Mental Health Association, now known as Mental Health America.
Corcoran holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and master of business administration in corporate finance from Indiana University.
Philanthropy-supported publishers see an uptick in local, individual funders | Digiday | March 3, 2023
Read why Lumina Foundation funds journalism in an interview with Kevin Corcoran | Media Impact Funders | Sept. 29, 2022
We Fund Journalists Who Shape the Narrative | Center for Media, Data, and Policy | Aug. 15, 2019