Alia Malik covers Gwinnett County schools. Before joining The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she worked at daily newspapers in Texas and Connecticut and served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador. For 2020-2021, she is an Investigative Reporters & Editors diversity fellow and a member of the Education Writers Association Caucus on Teaching and Learning. Her work has received awards from the Society for Feature Journalists and Best of the West. Alia enjoys writing about many topics, but thinks schools are important microcosms of our society and indicators of our future. A native of Prince George's County, Maryland, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where she also minored in Spanish. She speaks and writes fluently in Spanish. She enjoys reading fiction, hiking and taking the rare opportunity to play the flute.