Alia Malik joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2020 to cover Gwinnett County schools. She came from the San Antonio Express-News in Texas, where she primarily covered education for seven years. She has also worked at a daily newspaper in Connecticut and served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador. Her work has received awards from organizations including the Society for Feature Journalists and Best of the West, and she is a 2020 Investigative Reporters & Editors diversity fellow. Alia 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.