CALmatters: Article on working parents and COVID-19 school closures

Researchers & Authors Seeking Parents/Kids
Kinder, School-Aged, Preteens, Teens

Hi there,

My name is Lauren Hepler, and I'm a reporter covering the California economy for the Sacramento-based nonprofit news outlet CalMatters ( I previously covered jobs, housing and related issues for the New York Times, the Guardian and local papers like the San Francisco Business Times.

Hoping to get in touch with working parents navigating recent announcements that most schools will be online again in the fall — how are you aiming to balance work and school? Are you adjusting your work schedule, considering reducing work hours, or arranging "pods," co-ops or alternative school or childcare options?

Interviews have been running 20-30 mins by phone or Zoom, and my deadline is end of day Thursday, July 23. You can reach me by email at lauren [at] or cell (call or text) at 614.946.8828 — any time would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for your consideration,

Lauren Hepler
lauren [at]