Leadership Team

Scott Smallwood is the co-founder and editor-in-chief 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 executive editor 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

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

Jewél Jackson covers higher education in El Paso, Texas, for El Paso Matters, in partnership with Open Campus. Jewél has interned at the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and WFPL News in Louisville and is a graduate of Syracuse 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.

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.

Benjamin Hanson 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 attends Pierce College, where he is the Editor-in-Chief of The Bull Magazine. He has been Photo Editor, Sports Editor, Copy Editor, Reporter, and Photographer for Pierce’s RoundUp News. Having worn hearing aids his entire life, he is interested in sharing the stories of disabled people and the adversities they must overcome.

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.


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.

Karin Fischer writes latitude(s), our Open Campus newsletter about American higher education’s changing relationship with the world. Karin is a freelance journalist and speaker. Subscribe to latitude(s) 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.

Jeff Selingo writes Next, our Open Campus newsletter about what’s ahead for higher education. Jeff 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. Subscribe to Next here.

Editorial Advisors

Daniel Libit is the founder of The Intercollegiate, a media outlet focused on investigating and explaining college sports. In late 2016, Daniel launched the independent blog, through which he spent two years investigating the University of New Mexico’s athletic department as an experiment in college sports journalism. His work was the subject of a New York Times profile and cited in numerous national media outlets.

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

Advisory Board

Deborah Bial, president and founder of the Posse Foundation. 

Maria Harper-Marinick, chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona.

Caroline Hendrie, executive director of the Education Writers Association.

Amy Kovac-Ashley, director of newsroom learning at the American Press Institute. 

Sabrina Manville, co-founder of Edmit.

Eduardo Padrón, retiring president of Miami Dade College.

Mark Yudof, former leader of several public-university systems, including the University of California, the University of Texas, and the University of Minnesota.