Nonprofit Borderless Magazine hires Peña as editorial director

Mauricio Peña has joined Borderless Magazine, a nonprofit news outlet reporting on immigrants, as an editorial director. He wrote on X/Twitter: “I could not be more thrilled to work with a small, mighty team committed to ethical immigration reporting.” An award-winning journalist, Peña was recently at Chalkbeat, where he worked as an education reporter. Before […]

WSJ hires Barnum on the education team

Matt Barnum, a national reporter at Chalkbeat, has left and joined The Wall Street Journal on the education team. Previously, Barnum was a Spencer fellow in education journalism at Columbia University. He also worked as a staff writer at online audio and video media company The 74 Media in New York. He also taught at […]

Chalkbeat appoints Barnum interim national editor

Chalkbeat has tapped Matt Barnum to serve as interim national editor. He joined in May 2017 as a national reporter covering education policy and research. Barnum wrote on Twitter: “Excited to play more of a role overseeing our coverage and continuing to work with @kalynbelsha! Don’t worry — I’ll still be writing and reporting regularly.” He was […]

Chalkbeat promotes Belsha to senior reporter

Chalkbeat has tapped Kalyn Belsha to serve as a senior reporter on the national desk. Recently, from her post as a national education reporter, Belsha covered academic recovery, tutoring efforts, race and racism in schools. She also reported on the education of students with disabilities, multi-lingual learners, and students experiencing homelessness. She has also worked […]

Elliott departs Chalkbeat for Virginia papers

The following excerpt was sent out from Scott Elliott, who helped found a novel, nonprofit website devoted to news and analysis about education, has been hired as publisher for the Fauquier Times and Prince William Times. Elliott, 55, has more than 20 years’ experience as a reporter, editor and media organization leader, most recently at Chalkbeat, which provides […]

Veteran journalist Nichols lands EIC role at Detroit Free Press

The following excerpt was sent out from The Detroit Free Press on Wednesday announced the appointment of Nicole Avery Nichols — a veteran journalist with more than three decades’ experience in the industry — to serve as the newspaper’s top editor. Avery Nichols, 53, most recently served as editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news […]

Better Government Association taps Rodriguez as a data reporter

Cam Rodriguez will join the Better Government Association’s Illinois Answers Project team as a data reporter. Currently, Rodriguez is a data and graphics reporter at Chalkbeat, where her last day will be May 19. Previously, she was a racial justice reporting hub writers’ room fellow at the Chicago Reader. She freelanced for South Side Weekly […]

Chalkbeat seeks a Chicago reporter

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking a reporter to cover Chicago Public Schools as part of our Chicago team. You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power of a good story. You’re a self-starter who is hungry to break news, eager to understand […]

Chalkbeat education reporter Peña departs

Mauricio Peña, an education reporter at Chalkbeat, has left. His tweet reads: “I’m taking time to reset and recharge before deciding on my next adventure(s). Thank you to all the parents, students, and educators who shared their stories with me over the past year and a half.” Previously, Peña was a news reporter at Block […]

Testino joins Chalkbeat as education reporter

Chalkbeat has tapped Laura Testino to serve as an education reporter. Recently, she was an education and children’s issues reporter at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn. Previously, Testino was a life and culture reporting fellow at She also freelanced for New York Times, Teen Vogue, Atlanta magazine, Catapult, Martha Stewart Weddings, This Old […]