Kristen Blair is a Chapel Hill-based education writer. She has extensive experience tracking education and public policy issues at both the state and national level.

Kristen has analyzed family policy for the federal government as well as a presidential commission on families. Upon joining the national political group Empower America, Kristen worked for former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, serving as the organization’s principal policy expert on education. During her tenure at Empower America, she covered education trends, legislation, and state ballot initiatives, and helped launch a national policy-based media campaign promoting moral accountability in popular culture.

Most recently, Kristen has worked as an independent consultant, writing for schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Human Events, Christianity Today, the Charlotte Observer, the Greensboro News & Record, and the Durham Herald-Sun. Kristen has co-authored a book on marriage, and a book on middle school, titled From Santa to Sexting (released in January 2012).