Secretary John King Featured in the Latest Podcast Episode from The Hunt Institute

July 20, 2021

Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Shares How Education Saved his Life

Cary, NC – The Hunt Institute is pleased to announce the release of the ninth episode of its podcast series As Yet Untold, featuring an interview between former US Secretary of Education and current Maryland gubernatorial candidate John King and The Institute’s President & CEO, Dr. Javaid Siddiqi.

During the episode, Secretary King highlights his remarkable family history, his turbulent childhood, and how critical teachers and education in general were to his survival. He also shares his thoughts on the current state of education, and his motivations for running for governor.

“Secretary King’s personal story shows just how much a caring teacher can affect a student’s outcome, and reminds me of the responsibility educators and school leaders have to their students,” said Dr. Siddiqi. “The perspective he brings to the topic of educational equity is unmatched, and it is exciting to think of how he will utilize that perspective to continue pushing for equity as he moves forward in his career.”

“The education system mirrors the racial reckoning going on in the country right now,” said Secretary King. “I am hopeful that the spotlight shown on longstanding issues of inequity during the pandemic will finally be addressed, with tackling inequity a pillar of my agenda.”

The Institute created the podcast to provide an outlet for public figures to share a more personal side of themselves, away from the spotlight. As the name implies, the hope is that each guest takes the opportunity to reveal something they haven’t shared to a wide audience before.

Episodes of As Yet Untold are released every other Tuesday, and upcoming guests include former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.



About The Hunt Institute
An affiliate of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, The Hunt Institute is a recognized leader in the movement to transform public education. Marshaling expertise from a nationwide partner network since it was established in 2001, The Institute brings together people and resources that help build and nurture visionary leadership and mobilize strategic action for greater educational outcomes and student success.

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