Mikhail Zinshteyn is a higher education reporter based in Los Angeles. Most recently, he covered community colleges for California-based newsroom EdSource. His work has also appeared in The Hechinger Report, The Atlantic, FiveThirtyEight and other outlets. Mikhail, whose name is pronounced “Michael,” was born in the Soviet Union. He earned a degree in Philosophy and Russian at Union College and a master’s in comparative politics at The London School of Economics. Pell grants helped cover the cost of his education.