We’re excited to welcome Charlotte West as part of our first cohort of national reporters. She’ll be covering the future of postsecondary education in prisons, writing in-depth stories, publishing a regular newsletter, and collaborating on projects with our Local Network of higher education reporters.

Charlotte has more than a decade of experience writing about education, housing, juvenile justice, and politics. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Hechinger Report, USA Today, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Fortune, and CalMatters, an Open Campus partner. She earned bachelor’s degrees in history and international studies from Seattle University, and a master’s in political science from Stockholm University in Sweden as a Fulbright fellow from the U.S. Department of State. She’s passionate about working with college journalists, and her most recent newsroom position was as a reporting coach with the CalMatters College Journalism Network.

“I’ve long been interested in the intersection of the education and justice systems,” Charlotte said, “and I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Open Campus team and have the opportunity to really dig into this beat.”

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