redefinED on “The Daily Show”!


National exposure! As I was covering education angles at the Republican National Convention last week, I got lassoed into a “Daily Show” bit about diversity in the Republican Party. That’s me, about 33 second in, being asked if I’m Latino.

Sorry, I said. Half white, half Japanese. But on a fair number of occasions, people have assumed I’m Hispanic. That part got cut. So did this: As I headed up the escalator, correspondent Al Madrigal shouted, “Would you wear a mustache for us?”

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). Ron can be reached at or (727) 451-9830. Follow him on Twitter @RonMatus1 and on facebook at