Team

Founders

Scott Smallwood

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

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 accountability and enterprise journalism, set coverage agendas, and helped create reporting workshops for college journalists. Her first jobs were covering public policy in Congress and the states.

Email | @shebel | LinkedIn


Contributors

Karin Fischer

International higher education. The economy and colleges.
A freelance journalist and speaker, Karin writes a weekly newsletter, latitude(s), about global higher education issues. Subscribe here.

@karinfischer

Zipporah Osei

First-generation college students.
Zipporah, a senior at Northeastern University, has written for Chalkbeat, the Boston Globe, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She now writes First Gen, a newsletter about the highs and lows of the first-generation college student experience. Subscribe here.

@zipporahosei

Jeff Selingo

Leadership, college finances, admissions.
An author, speaker, and special advisor at Arizona State University, Jeff is working on a forthcoming book from Scribner — Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Jeff writes a newsletter, Next, about what’s ahead for higher education. Subscribe here.

@jselingo


Local Reporter

Jason Gonzales

Colorado higher education.
Jason covers college issues 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.

@ByJasonGonzales


Editorial Intern

Andrea Klick

Andrea is a sophomore at the University of Southern California. She has worked as a news editor at The Daily Trojan and previously was a news intern at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

@andrea_klick


Editorial Advisor

Jeffrey R. Young

An editor, reporter and podcast producer, Jeff is currently the higher education editor at EdSurge, covering the intersection of technology and education, and co-hosts the EdSurge Podcast.

@jryoung


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. 

James Kvaal, president of the Institute for College Access & Success and former deputy domestic policy advisor at the White House.

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.