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 investigative 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


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.


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.


Jeff Selingo

Leadership, college finances, admissions.
An author, speaker, and special advisor at Arizona State University, Jeff wrote his latest book about admissions 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.


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.


Editorial Interns

NaTavia Williams

NaTavia Williams will be a senior this fall at Morgan State University. She is a staff writer for the MSU Spokesman and participated in the Wall Street Journal Morgan State Business Exchange Program. She is joining Open Campus through a Dow Jones News Fund program.


Megan Sauer

Megan Sauer is a graduate student in journalism at Northwestern University. She’s a graduate of Adrian College, where she wrote and edited stories for the school newspaper and worked for the college’s marketing department and development office.


Editorial Advisors

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.


Daniel Libit

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.


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.