Contributors: Jun. 3, 1996

MELISSA LUDTKE, who was the lead reporter on this week's cover story, has no children of her own, but she knows plenty about the politics of children's issues. She has written extensively about kids and families since the mid-1980s, starting with a stint as a full-time TIME correspondent in Los Angeles. Moving to Boston, she reported, among other things, a 1988 cover story titled "Through the Eyes of Children." She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1991, and has just completed a yearlong Prudential Fellowship in Children and the News at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is...

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