About

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.

Team


Open Campus Staff

Maria Archangelo is the chief revenue officer. An experienced nonprofit news leader and team builder, Maria previously was vice president of partnerships at Chalkbeat. 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.
Email | @MariaArchangelo 

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.
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Nick Fouriezos is a national reporter covering the role of college 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.
Email | @nick4iezos

Naomi Harris is a national reporter covering higher education and racial equity. Previously, Naomi was part of our Open Campus Local Network, covering higher education in Pittsburgh for PublicSource. 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

Sara Hebel is the co-founder and editor-in-chief. 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

Colleen Murphy is the managing editor. She’s an experienced editor who’s led a team of student journalists covering higher ed with CalMatters, created curriculum for a course on policy reporting at the School of the New York Times, and spent several years as an editor of tax coverage at Bloomberg.
Email | @_colleenmurphy_

Scott Smallwood is the co-founder and chief executive officer. The former managing editor and director of digital products at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scott has nearly 20 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

Charlotte West is a national reporter covering 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.
Email | @szarlotka

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.
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Local Reporters

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


Jason Gonzales covers higher education in 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.
@ByJasonGonzales

Ian Hodgson is an education data reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, working in partnership with Open Campus. He previously covered health and the environment for the Times and is a graduate of Queen’s University, in Ontario, Northwestern University, and Columbia University.
@IanJHodgson

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

Molly Minta covers higher education 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.
@mintamolly

Amy Morona covers higher education for Signal Cleveland, in partnership with Open Campus. Previously, she covered higher education for Crain’s Cleveland Business with Open Campus, was a K-12 and higher education reporter for the cable channel Newsy, and worked as a producer on the PBS reporters’ roundtable show “Washington Week.” She’s a graduate of the University of Akron and Emerson College.
@amymorona

Daniel Perez covers higher education for El Paso Matters, in partnership with Open Campus. He was previously an editor, staff writer, and copy editor at the El Paso Times and most recently worked in the marketing and communications department for the University of Texas at El Paso. He’s a graduate of California State University Los Angeles.
@dannyp_news

Lisa Philip covers higher education for WBEZ Chicago, in partnership with Open Campus. She has has previously covered education for WUNC in Durham, N.C., and the Baltimore Sun Media Group. She’s a graduate of the University of Washington and Indiana University.
@LAPhilip

MJ Slaby is the bureau chief and covers higher education for Chalkbeat Indiana, in partnership with Open Campus. Previously, she covered K-12 education for the Indianapolis Star and has also covered higher education for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, in Tennessee, and for the Bloomington Herald-Times, in Indiana. She’s a graduate of Indiana University.
@mjslaby


HBCU Student Journalism Network

Jarrett Carter Sr. is the editorial director of the HBCU Student Journalism Network. He’s a veteran journalist and the founder of HBCU Digest, an online publication he built into a resource for coverage of the economic, cultural, political, and industrial factors impacting historically Black institutions nationwide.
@jarrettcartersr

Wesley Wright is the assistant editor of the HBCU Student Journalism Network. He’s assistant director of student media at Florida Atlantic University and a former education journalist. He’s also worked on the ReNews Project, which helps start and revive student news organizations at HBCUs and elsewhere.
@Wesley___Wright


Contributor

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.
@paulfain


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.
@jselingo

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