Team


Founders

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 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


Local Reporters


Jason Gonzales covers college issues 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.
@ByJasonGonzales

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.
@amymorona


Julian Mendoza is a fellow in the CalMatters College Journalism Network, working with Open Campus on a team focused on in-depth and investigative work in California. He’s the multimedia and podcast editor at The Orion, Chico State‘s independent newspaper.
@JulianMTheOrion


Angie Orellana Hernandez is a fellow in the CalMatters College Journalism Network, working with Open Campus on a team focused on in-depth and investigative work in California. She is a junior studying journalism and Spanish at the University of Southern California. She is the Diversity and Inclusion Director at the Daily Trojan and the USC News Editor at Annenberg Media. 
@angorellanah

Omar Rashad is a fellow in the CalMatters College Journalism Network, working with Open Campus on a team focused on in-depth and investigative work in California. He is a proud community college graduate and a data and investigations reporter at Mustang News, the independent student-run news organization at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
@omarsrashad

Katherine Swartz is is a fellow in the CalMatters College Journalism Network, working with Open Campus on a team focused on in-depth and investigative work in California. She is a third-year student at UC Santa Barbara and the University News Editor of The Daily Nexus student newspaper.
@kv_swartz


Contributors

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

Zipporah Osei writes FirstGen, our Open Campus newsletter about the highs and lows of the first-generation college student experience. A recent graduate of Northeastern University, Zipporah is a research fellow at ProPublica. Subscribe to FirstGen here.
@zipporahosei

Jeff Selingo writes Next, our Open Campus newsletter about what’s ahead for higher education. An author, speaker, and special advisor at Arizona State University, Jeff’s latest book about admissions was recently published by Scribner:Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Subscribe to Next here.
@jselingo


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 NMFishbowl.com, 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.
@DanielLibit

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


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.