Mike Baker died of lung cancer the other day. He had been the BBC education editor and more recently a free lance journalist and ran a website
Its well worth looking at if you haven't done so. He wrote on topical educational issues with an authority and compassion which was very different from the repetitive, anti-state school garbage churned out by Murdoch and other hacks on an almost daily basis.
Even when working for the BBC, when he must have been under a great deal of pressure, he was always prepared to go behind the story and do his own research to get at the truth.
Although I never met him he was by all accounts a thoroughly decent man. Both journalism and education are the poorer with his loss and publicising the truth about English education has become that much harder.