We’re working to transform local reporting on college by combining the sophistication of a national newsroom that knows a topic very deeply with the engagement of a community newsroom that knows a place very deeply.


Leadership Team

Scott Smallwood is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Open Campus. The former managing editor and director of digital products at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scott has nearly twenty years of experience covering higher education and leading award-winning journalism. He’s led teams of developers and worked closely with sales staff to shape new products. He started his career as a local government reporter in South Carolina and New Mexico.
Email | @ssmallwd | LinkedIn

Sara Hebel is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Open Campus. A former assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sara has more than two decades of experience as a newsroom leader and higher-education journalist. She’s steered award-winning enterprise journalism, set newsroom coverage agendas, and created national reporting workshops for college journalists. In her first reporting jobs, Sara covered public policy in Congress and the states.
Email | @shebel

Maria Archangelo is the chief revenue officer of Open Campus. An experienced nonprofit news leader and team builder, Maria previously was vice president of partnerships at Chalkbeat. She’s a long-time leader of high-performing revenue, fundraising, sales, and membership teams. Before Chalkbeat, Maria was executive director for the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, a nonprofit news organization, and previously held leadership roles at other media groups, including the Stowe Reporter/Waterbury Record and the Rutland Herald/Times Argus, both in Vermont, and at The Baltimore Sun Media Group. She’s a graduate of Temple University and lives in Philadelphia.
Email | @MariaArchangelo 

National Reporters

Nick Fouriezos covers the role of colleges in rural America. Nick is an experienced enterprise and investigative reporter with bylines in The New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Daily Beast, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and USA Today, among others. As OZY Magazine’s Washington correspondent for six years, he wrote stories from six continents and covered two presidential elections. In 2017, he created and led “States of the Nation,” a year-long reporting project where he spent a week each in all 50 U.S. states to spotlight under-covered communities and reintroduce people to their neighbors.
Email | @nick4iezos

Naomi Harris covers higher education and racial equity. Previously, Naomi was part of our Open Campus Local Network, covering higher education in Pittsburgh for PublicSource, one of our partner newsrooms. In that role, she established a track record of elevating the voices and experiences of people who have often been overlooked in coverage about college. Before that, she covered education for The Capital Gazette, in Annapolis, where she focused on systemic racial and socioeconomic inequities in the school system.
Email | @NaomiJayHarris

Charlotte West covers the future of postsecondary education and prisons. 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’s passionate about working with college journalists, and her most recent newsroom position was as a reporting coach with the CalMatters College Journalism Network.
Email | @szarlotka

Local Reporters

Emma Folts covers higher education in Pittsburgh for PublicSource, in partnership with Open Campus. She’s a senior at Syracuse University, where she’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in newspaper and online journalism. Emma first joined PublicSource as an intern in summer 2020, and she later interned for the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Jason Gonzales covers higher education in Colorado for Chalkbeat Colorado, in partnership with Open Campus. He previously reported on colleges and schools for The Tennessean and is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Divya Kumar covers higher education in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Times, in partnership with Open Campus. She’s a graduate of the University of South Florida and Columbia University.

Molly Minta covers higher education in Mississippi for Mississippi Today, in partnership with Open Campus. Molly previously worked for The Nation and The Appeal and is a graduate of the University of Florida.

Amy Morona covers higher education in Northeast Ohio for Crain’s Cleveland Business, in partnership with Open Campus. Previously, she covered K-12 and higher education for the cable channel Newsy, was a producer on the PBS reporters’ roundtable show “Washington Week,” and spent several years working in local news in Cleveland. She’s a graduate of the University of Akron and Emerson College.

Stephanie Wang covers higher education in Indiana for Chalkbeat Indiana, in partnership with Open Campus. Stephanie’s also the bureau chief for Chalkbeat Indiana. She previously covered education and diversity issues for the Indianapolis Star, and she has worked for the Tampa Bay Times. Stephanie’s a graduate of Northwestern University.

Revenue Team

Lauren Wiley is the director of local development and revenue. Lauren began her career as a local reporter before joining the nonprofit sector nearly 20 years ago. She has experience in individual and foundation fundraising, event planning, and communications. Lauren started working in nonprofit education journalism in 2014 at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and most recently at Chalkbeat.

Jalen Lee is a development associate. He comes to Open Campus after working in research and communications roles for both state and federal agencies, including the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and Congress. Jalen has experience in nonprofit organizations, producing social media and digital content and presenting research findings to policy makers. In his most recent role, Jalen served as a special projects coordinator for Issue One.

Operations Manager

Nichelle Corbitt is the operations manager. She comes to Open Campus after working for six years at Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, where she was most recently senior operations manager. Nichelle previously ran their JA Finance Park® program and facility in Prince George’s County. She redesigned the program for delivery via virtual platform during the pandemic.

Student Fellows

Emily Forschen is a fellow in the CalMatters College Journalism Network, working with Open Campus on a team focused on covering the state’s community colleges. A graduate of Las Positas College, she’s now a senior at San Diego State University, where she studies journalism and film and covers arts and culture for The Daily Aztec.

Emma Hall is a fellow in the CalMatters College Journalism Network, working with Open Campus on a team focused on covering the state’s community colleges. She is the first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Editor at The State Hornet, Sacramento State’s student-run publication. Her work has been featured on KQED, The Pleasanton Weekly, High Country News, The Advocate at Contra Costa College, and The Inquirer at Diablo Valley College. She’s a proud community college graduate.

Oden Taylor is a fellow in the CalMatters College Journalism Network, working with Open Campus on a team focused on covering the state’s community colleges. He is the former Editor-In-Chief and current student worker for the American River College Current. He is currently serving as the Student President of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, as well as a volunteer for Journalists in Classrooms.

Madalyn Wright is a fellow in the CalMatters College Journalism Network, working with Open Campus on a team focused on covering the state’s community colleges. They are a journalism, women’s studies, and ethnic studies major at Sierra College. They are currently Editor-In-Chief of Roundhouse News & Review.


Paul Fain writes The Job, our Open Campus newsletter about connections between education and the American workforce. Paul is a veteran higher education journalist and analyst. Subscribe to The Job here.

Zipporah Osei writes FirstGen, our Open Campus newsletter about the highs and lows of the first-generation college student experience. A 2020 graduate of Northeastern University, Zipporah covers emerging research on social sciences as a reporter for The Academic Times. Subscribe to FirstGen here.

Editorial Advisors

Jeff Selingo has written about higher education for more than two decades and is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. His latest, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, was published in September 2020 and was named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by the New York Times. A regular contributor to The Atlantic, Jeff is a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He also co-hosts the podcast FutureU.

Jeffrey R. Young is currently the higher education editor at EdSurge, covering the intersection of technology and education, and co-hosts the EdSurge Podcast.