Staff

Marta W. Aldrich

Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Tennessee

Marta W. Aldrich is bureau chief of Chalkbeat Tennessee. A newswoman for The Associated Press for most of her career, Marta has covered state government, politics, business, education and other Tennessee news. She has served as news editor of United Methodist News Service and features editor of American Profile magazine. Her freelance work has been published by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor and Dow Jones News Service, among others. Marta is a graduate of Memphis City Schools and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Melanie Asmar

Reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado

Melanie Asmar covers Denver Public Schools. Asmar previously worked as a reporter for Westword newspaper in Denver and for a daily newspaper in her native New Hampshire. She joined Chalkbeat Colorado in 2015.

Matt Barnum

National Reporter

Matt Barnum is Chalkbeat's national reporter, covering education policy and research. Previously he was a staff writer at The 74, the policy director for Educators for Excellence - New York, and a middle school language arts teacher in Colorado.

Caroline Bauman

Community Editor, Chalkbeat Tennessee

Caroline Bauman serves as Chalkbeat Tennessee's community editor and writes about Tennessee schools. Bauman has a masters degree from the University of Missouri as a Thurgood Marshall Fellow. When she's not working, you can almost certainly find her enjoying BBQ nachos at Central or live music at the Levitt Shell.

Jessica Campbell

Development Manager

Jessica Campbell is Chalkbeat’s development manager. She began her career as a New York City public school teacher and has since worked on various projects that live at the intersection of education and journalism, including previously interning at Chalkbeat New York (then GothamSchools). She has been published in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The Brooklyn Rail. Jessica is a graduate of New York University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Pace University’s Graduate School of Education, and The University of Pennsylvania.

Candace Carrington

Growth Editor

Candace Carrington is Chalkbeat’s Growth Editor. She started her education career at a middle school in Prince George's County, MD via Teach For America, where she learned that 7th graders teach the best life lessons. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in psychology.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking and wrestling with the extreme difficulty of choosing a favorite character on "The Office".

Shaina Cavazos

Reporter, Chalkbeat Indiana

Shaina Cavazos is a staff reporter for Chalkbeat Indiana. She holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. She has worked as a K-12 education reporter for the Columbia Missourian and a business reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. At the Missourian, she wrote about Common Core and literacy, among other education topics. She graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in economics and journalism from the University of Missouri. For Chalkbeat she covers state standards, testing, teaching and other state and local issues.

Bene Cipolla

Executive Editor

Bene Cipolla is executive editor of Chalkbeat. She has over a decade of experience as a reporter, writer and editor and has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated. She started her career covering the Vatican in Rome and worked as an editor at major magazines in New York, including Cosmopolitan. She has also led content development for several digital startups, most recently Birchbox, with a focus on growing readership and engagement. Bene is a graduate of Princeton University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy.

Philissa Cramer

Managing Editor

Philissa Cramer is managing editor of Chalkbeat. She previously co-founded GothamSchools, now Chalkbeat New York, and was its bureau chief until 2014. Prior to that, she was a reporter at Insideschools and contributed to the third edition of New York City’s Best Public High Schools. Philissa has also written about education issues for the Village Voice, the Nation, and the New Republic.

Sarah Darville

National Editor

Sarah Darville is Chalkbeat's national editor. She joined the team as a reporter in 2013 and then became bureau chief of Chalkbeat New York. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she edited the Columbia Daily Spectator, and was a 2013 Google Journalism Fellow at the Nieman Journalism Lab. She has also written for the New York Daily News, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and BKLYNR.

Monica Disare

Reporter, Chalkbeat New York

Monica Disare joined Chalkbeat in 2015 after graduating from Yale where she covered New Haven Public Schools for the Yale Daily News and was the city editor. She has reported for the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Erin Einhorn

Senior Detroit Correspondent

Erin Einhorn is an award-winning journalist and author based in downtown Detroit. She’s written for The Atlantic, The Nation and Time and has contributed to the public radio program This American Life. Before moving to Detroit in 2014, she was the Deputy Managing Editor for politics at the New York Daily News where she previously served as City Hall Bureau Chief and covered the nation’s largest public school system. She’s also worked for Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Einhorn is the author of the 2008 memoir The Pages In Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home, which was published by Simon & Schuster. The book chronicles the year she spent living in Poland, getting to know the family that rescued her mother as a hidden child during World War II.

Scott Elliott

Associate Editor

Scott Elliott is associate editor of Chalkbeat. He oversees new site selection and journalist recruiting for the network. He joined Chalkbeat in 2013 as the founding bureau chief of Chalkbeat Indiana, and before that was an award-winning education journalist at the Indianapolis Star and the Dayton Daily News. At the Daily News, his blog, Get on the Bus, was just the third mainstream media education blog when it launched in 2005. He was Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in 2004-05. He has also been the president of the national Education Writers Association since 2013.

Cassi Feldman

Bureau Chief, New York

Cassi Feldman is bureau chief of Chalkbeat New York. She has previously worked at CBS News - 60 Minutes, City Limits magazine and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her writing has also appeared in Newsday and The New York Times.

Nicholas Garcia

Deputy Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Colorado

Nicholas Garcia is the Deputy Bureau Chief for Chalkbeat Colorado. Before joining Chalkbeat in October 2013, he was the editor of Out Front, a statewide LGBT magazine. Garcia first began covering education for a student produced supplemental publication, Images, produced by students for The Pueblo Chieftain. He wrote about district policies and how board decisions impacted his schools. Today, Garcia covers Jeffco Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools.

Sarah Glen

Manager, Product & Growth

Sarah Glen is Chalkbeat’s manager of product and growth. Before joining the Chalkbeat team, she was a features producer at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. She studied journalism and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also worked at The Daily Tar Heel, started a mobile-optimized news site with Reese News Lab and blogged about the 2012 election for The Washington Post.

Eric Gorski

Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Colorado

Eric Gorski is bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado. Gorski has previously worked as a reporter for The Denver Post – covering everything from K-12 education and religion to marijuana legalization – and as a national writer for the Associated Press.

Elizabeth Green

Co-founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief

Elizabeth Green is co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat. She previously co-founded GothamSchools, now Chalkbeat New York. Elizabeth has also written about education issues for The New York Times Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and many other publications. Her New York Times bestselling book, Building a Better Teacher, was published in August 2014 by W.W. Norton. In 2009-2010, she was a Spencer Fellow in education journalism at Columbia University, and in 2011, she was an Abe Journalism Fellow studying education in Japan.

Chris Hickerson

Full Stack Developer

Chris Hickerson is Chalkbeat's full stack developer. Before joining Chalkbeat he worked as a Wordpress Engineer at DEG Digital and a front-end developer at Penton Media. He was also part of a team that won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize at the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Jennifer Jones

Finance Manager

Jennifer is the Finance Manager for Chalkbeat.  She previously served as the Finance Officer of the Colorado Rural Health Center.  Jennifer has a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Tulsa.

Laura Faith Kebede

Reporter, Chalkbeat Tennessee

Laura Faith Kebede covers Memphis schools. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and most recently covered county government, schools and religion at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia.

Dylan Peers McCoy

Reporter for Chalkbeat Indiana

Dylan Peers McCoy is a staff reporter for Chalkbeat Indiana, where she covers Indianapolis Public Schools. Previously she covered education for the Lafayette Journal & Courier, the Daily Hampshire Gazette and American RadioWorks. Her reporting on parks and regional policy also has appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She came to education reporting by way of public radio, and her documentary work has aired on WCAI, Latino USA and Studio 360. Prior to pursuing journalism, she worked in tech, politics and law. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College with a degree in government, and she attended the Transom Story Workshop.

Yesenia Robles

Reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado

Yesenia Robles is Chalkbeat Colorado's suburban reporter looking at changes happening in Denver's suburban school districts. Yesenia grew up in Denver, graduated from CU Boulder and is fluent in Spanish. She previously covered suburbs, education and breaking news for The Denver Post.

Alyssa Ross

Development Manager

Alyssa Ross is the Development Manager at Chalkbeat. She previously worked as a grantmaker at the Open Society Foundations, where she worked on international labor migration and refugee issues. She has a BA from Brandeis and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

Rebecca Ross

Chief Operating Officer

Rebecca Ross is Chalkbeat’s Chief Operating Officer. Rebecca has over fifteen years of experience designing innovative programs and products that create social impact and building the capacity of organizations that execute them. She has been a Vice President at ideas42 and Seedco where her work focused on issues of poverty, education and financial services for the poor in New York City and nationally. Rebecca has a BA from Vassar College and a MPA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.

Frank Rowe

Director of Sponsorships

Frank Rowe is Chalkbeat’s director of sponsorships. Prior to joining Chalkbeat in September 2013, Frank was president of RP Publishing, a Denver-based media company that he co-founded in the early 1990’s. Rowe is a graduate of the University of Denver.

Christa Salazar

Operations Associate

Christa Salazar is Chalkbeat's operations associate. Christa has spent her career working in urban education, most recently as a Program Manager at TNTP. Previously, she taught Computers for Youth’s Family Learning Workshops in south and east Los Angeles and was an America Reads tutor in a kindergarten classroom on the Lower East Side. Christa has a BA in Journalism and Politics from New York University, where she wrote for the Washington Square News, and an MPA from the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy.

Ann Schimke

Reporter and Community Editor, Chalkbeat Colorado

Ann Schimke is Chalkbeat Colorado’s healthy schools reporter. Schimke launched her journalism career as a copy aide, eventually becoming a freelance writer for The Washington Post in 1997. In 2000, she moved to Michigan and became the primary K-12 education reporter at The Ann Arbor News, covering issues ranging from school re-segregation to the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act. After covering education issues for five years, Schimke went on to earn a master’s degree in education policy from the University of Michigan. Subsequently, she worked as a family advocate in Ann Arbor, helping homeless students in several area districts access transportation, financial assistance and academic help. In 2008, Schimke moved with her family to Colorado, working as a freelance writer and editor for several local publications. She joined Chalkbeat (then EdNews Colorado) in 2012.

Ryan Sholin

Director of Product and Growth

Ryan Sholin, Director of Product and Growth, is completely immersed in online news development, design, and innovation. Since his start in the industry, Ryan has made it his mission to help professional journalists get the tools, skills, and inspiration they need to inform their communities on any platform. A former investigative reporter for the Oakland Tribune, online editor for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, trainer and strategist at GateHouse Media, and Product Manager at Gannett, Ryan was also a co-founder of Wired Journalists and a Knight News Challenge winner for ReportingOn.

Julie Topping

Editor, Chalkbeat Detroit & Chalkbeat Indiana

Julie Topping is editor of Chalkbeat's Indiana and Detroit bureaus. She formerly worked at the Detroit Free Press, where she supervised operations of sports, features, entertainment, education, health and enterprise reporting.

Christina Veiga

Reporter, Chalkbeat New York

Christina Veiga is a reporter for Chalkbeat New York covering early childhood education, school diversity and the Department of Education. She previously covered K-12 education for the Miami Herald.

Alex Zimmerman

Reporter, Chalkbeat New York

Alex Zimmerman joined the Chalkbeat team in 2016. He was most recently a staff writer at the Pittsburgh City Paper and previously reported for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His work has appeared in the Village Voice, Vice, Atlas Obscura and the investigative nonprofit PublicSource.