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.
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.
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.
Managing Editor for Standards and Talent
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.
Managing Editor for Local News
Eric Gorski is Chalkbeat’s managing editor for local news. He was previously bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado. Before joining Chalkbeat, Gorski 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.
CASSIE WALKER BURKE
Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Chicago
Cassie Walker Burke is Chalkbeat’s founding Chicago bureau chief. She joined Chalkbeat from Crain’s Chicago Business, where she was assistant managing editor, opinions chief, and served on the editorial board. She’s the former executive editor of Chicago magazine, co-founded the online magazine Middleouest, and her writing has appeared in Politico, O, the Oprah Magazine, Elle Décor, and Interior Design. She has an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and she has taught magazine writing and editing at both Medill and DePaul University.
Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Colorado
Erica Meltzer is bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado, where she also covers the legislature and statewide education issues. Erica previously covered government and politics for the local news site Denverite. Before that, she covered everything from housing and energy policy to crime and courts for newspapers in three states. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay.
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.
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.
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.
Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Detroit
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.
KIMBERLY HAYES TAYLOR
Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Detroit
Kimberly Hayes Taylor is a senior reporter for Chalkbeat Detroit. She previously was a staff writer at The Detroit News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Hartford Courant. She’s also written for Reuters, NBC News, MSNBC, Ebony, and Essence magazines.
Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Indiana
Stephanie Wang is the bureau chief for Chalkbeat Indiana. She previously covered education and diversity issues for the Indianapolis Star, and she has also worked for the Tampa Bay Times. Stephanie is originally from Boston and is a graduate of Northwestern University – Go Cats!
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.
DYLAN PEERS MCCOY
Reporter, 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.
Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Newark
Patrick Wall is a senior reporter for Chalkbeat Newark. He was previously interim bureau chief and a reporter for Chalkbeat New York. Patrick started his career as a fourth-grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools before earning a master’s degree in journalism from CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s been published in The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and DNAinfo, among other publications. He was a Spencer Education-Reporting Fellow at Columbia University and won a national beat reporting award from the Education Writers Association.
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.
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.
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.
MARTA W. ALDRICH
Senior Statehouse Correspondent, Chalkbeat Tennessee
Marta W. Aldrich is Chalkbeat Tennessee’s senior statehouse correspondent. 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.
Reporter and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicholas Garcia is Chalkbeat’s engagement editor. 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.
Carrie Melago is story editor for Chalkbeat Indiana and New York. She came to Chalkbeat from the Wall Street Journal, where she was most recently the editor overseeing newsroom training programs. Before that, she was the digital editor of the WSJ’s Greater New York section, where she managed the online footprint for the paper’s metro coverage. Carrie worked at the New York Daily News for nine years, starting out as a street reporter and going on to cover crime and education beats before becoming a city desk editor. She holds a master’s in American Studies from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Sharon Noguchi is story editor for Chalkbeat Chicago and Colorado. She worked at the San Jose Mercury News for three decades, as an education reporter, op-ed editor, editorial writer, and copy editor. Earlier in her career, she was an editor for English-language newspapers in Tokyo, and she later spent a year in Japan as a Fulbright fellow reporting on migrant workers from South America and Southeast Asia.
Julie Topping is story editor for Chalkbeat Detroit and Tennessee. She formerly worked at the Detroit Free Press, where she supervised operations of sports, features, entertainment, education, health, and enterprise reporting.
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.
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.
Samuel Park is Chalkbeat’s digital producer. He recently graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he was a Posse Foundation scholar. Before joining Chalkbeat, Sam interned at Warner Bros. and Instagram.
Associate Editor and Site Development Director
Scott Elliott is associate editor and site development director of Chalkbeat. He oversees new site selection and and provides development support to local Chalkbeat sites. 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 and was president of the national Education Writers Association from 2013-17.
Senior Development Manager
Bethanie Glaser is Chalkbeat’s senior development manager. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in secondary education and began her career at Teach For America, first as a corps member in Kansas City and later as development associate. She then moved to Thailand, where she served as a college counselor at Chiang Mai International School, and spent two years supporting D.C. public schools as a program manager at CityBridge Foundation upon her return to the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finance and Operations Assistant
Anthony Villeta is Chalkbeat’s finance and operations assistant. He’s a graduate of New York City public schools and has a BS and MS in Accounting from Lehman College.