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Nick Anderson (@wpnick) covers higher education for the Washington Post. He moved to the Post in 2005 after serving as Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

Tim Appenzeller is news editor for Science Magazine. He has worked 30 years as an editor and writer specializing in science and the environment for magazines including Nature, Scientific American, U.S. News & World Report, and National Geographic.

Goldie Blumenstyk (@GoldieStandard) is a senior writer at the Chronicle where, since 1988, she has covered a wide range of topics including distance education, the Internet boom and bust, state politics, university governance, and fundraising.

Alan Boyle (@b0yle) is NBC News Digital’s science editor. He also is the author of The Case for Pluto, a contributor to A Field Guide for Science Writers, the blogger behind Cosmic Log, and an occasional “talking head” on MSNBC news and NBC’s TODAY and Nightly News.


Ángel Cabrera (@CabreraAngel) is president of George Mason University. Before joining George Mason two years ago, Cabrera was president of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona for eight years, where he pioneered efforts to educate women entrepreneurs in emerging markets. In 2011 the Financial Times rated him among the top 20 business school leaders in the world.

Scott Carlson (@Carlsonics) is a senior writer who joined the Chronicle in 1999. He writes about buildings, campus planning, energy, architecture, sustainability, and college management, particularly at small colleges.

Patricia E. Dempsey is director of communications for St. John’s College, in Annapolis, MD.  She is a seasoned media relations and marketing strategist, and former editor and journalist.


Eva Emerson is editor in chief of Science News magazine, where she manages print, digital, and online content. She was named editor in chief in 2012, after serving as managing editor and associate editor. She joined the Science News staff in December 2007. Emerson is the coauthor of a book of classroom activities, Naturescope Kit: Habitats, published by the National Wildlife Federation.

Gina Garcia is a producer of CBS This Morning Saturday. She was formerly associate producer of CBS This Morning and was a booker, researcher, and field producer with the Today Show.

Bryon Grigsby (@bgrigsby24) was appointed president of Moravian College in July 2013. Prior to working at Moravian, he served as senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Grigsby is a 1990 graduate of Moravian College. He received a master’s degree in English literature from Wake Forest University and a PhD from Loyola University Chicago in medieval literature, early modern literature, and the history of medicine.

Katie Hinman (@khinman) is the supervising producer for CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, where she oversees editorial content for a daily news broadcast. Since joining CNN in March 2013, Katie has been involved in covering major news events including the Boston Marathon bombings and the crisis in Syria. Before joining CNN, Hinman spent nearly ten years at ABC News, most of them as a producer at Nightline.

Scott Jaschik (@IHEpublishing) and Doug Lederman (@dougledIHE), editors and founders of Inside Higher Ed, lead a team of reporters and editors who will exchange ideas with conference participants. Inside Higher Ed is a national daily online publication about higher education that attracts more than 2 million monthly page views.

Ben Jones (@ben_jones) is vice president for communications at Oberlin College. Previously, he was director of communications at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Office of Admissions and was a founder of the web strategy firm Blue Coda.

Tyler Kingkade (@tylerkingkade) is an associate editor at The Huffington Post, based in New York City, covering higher education and millennials. He previously covered Congress and Occupy Wall Street from HuffPost's DC bureau, and worked for the National Journal, KCCI TV-8 and the American Independent.

Chad Lorenz (@chadAlorenz) is the news editor of Slate magazine. A Washington, DC, resident, he previously worked at the Washingtonian magazine and the Washington Post.


Jon Marcus (@JonMarcusBoston) is higher education editor at the Hechinger Report and North American correspondent for the Times (U.K.) Higher Education magazine.


MaryBeth Marklein (@mbmarklein), education reporter, has covered higher education for USA Today since 1997.

Tim McDonough, vice president for communications and marketing, has been with the American Council on Education since 1998. Previously, he was vice president for public affairs at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Liz McMillen (@lmcmillen), on the staff at the Chronicle since 1984, was named editor in August 2011. Previously, she was editor of the Chronicle Review, the weekly magazine of ideas in print. She directs more than 70 editors and reporters who write about higher education.

Josh Mitchell (@JMitchellWSJ) is a Washington-based reporter for the Wall Street Journal. In addition to covering the U.S. economy, he writes frequently about higher-education policy and student debt. He previously served as a metro-news reporter for the Baltimore Sun and the Palm Beach Post.

Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson) is an education reporter at Vox Media. Recently, she was an education reporter for POLITICO Pro and writer of its daily Morning Education policy newsletter. Before joining POLITICO, Nelson was a reporter at Inside Higher Ed, where she covered federal higher education policy and religious colleges, and a regional reporter at the Times-Tribune.

Lynn O’Shaughnessy (@CollegeBlogs) authors the popular blog the The College Solution to help guide families and students; she also is a frequent contributor to CBS MoneyWatch.


Richard Pérez-Peña (@perezpena), a journalist with the New York Times since 1992, specializes in covering higher education.

David Pluviose (@DavidPluviose) is executive editor of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Previously, he was editor at Bulletin News, LLC.

Claudio Sanchez, education correspondent for National Public Radio, has a special focus on the “three p’s” of education reform: politics, policy, and pedagogy.

Bill Schackner (@BschacknerPG) has written for newspapers in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. He joined the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1993 and is the paper’s higher education writer. He is a recipient of the National Headliner Award for Outstanding Education Writing.

Ben Sharbaugh (@bsharbaugh) is associate director for digital strategy at Harvard University. He works with a wide range of business stakeholders and faculty members providing online content. Sharbaugh led the initial development of Harvard’s online media vehicles, expanding the university’s iTunes U, YouTube EDU, and SoundCloud channels into industry leaders that reach millions of people around the world.

Michael Smart (@michaelsmartpr), president of MichaelSmartPR and former national news director at Brigham Young University, has trained more than 4,000 PR professionals from Frankfurt to Tokyo on how to boost publicity results. He previously spent 14 years in campus media relations.

Candace Smith (@cesmithGW) is executive director of media relations for George Washington University. A communicator with more than 20 years of experience in broadcast, print, and crisis messaging, she was previously spokesperson and executive communications advisor for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro).

Louis Soares (@LouisSoares), vice president, Center for Policy Research and Strategy at the American Council on Education, joined ACE in June 2013. He most recently served as the director of the postsecondary education program and fellow at the Center for American Progress. Soares was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education in November 2011.

Karen Travers (@karentravers) joined ABC News in 2000 and is currently a Washington-based correspondent for ABC NewsOne. Since joining ABC News, Travers has covered Washington and national politics, including three presidential elections and the Obama and Bush administrations.