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Nick Anderson (@wpnick) covers higher education for the Washington Post and is a regular contributor to the Post’s higher education blog “Grade Point.” He moved to the Post in 2005 after serving as Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

Sarah Baker (@SarahBakerABC) is coordinating political producer/booker at NBC News Washington bureau, where she is developing a new political booking team for the campaign season ahead. Previously, she held various positions at ABC News, including Washington senior producer of Good Morning America, and was an editorial producer at CNN.

Sandra Block (@sandyblock), senior associate editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, has covered personal finance for more than 20 years. Before joining Kiplinger’s, she was a personal finance reporter and columnist for USA TODAY.

Jill Chappell (@jchappellcnn) is a senior editorial producer for CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer in Washington, DC, and she has worked on CNN’s highest-rated events in history. Chappell is the recipient of the George Foster Peabody and a two-time national Emmy award for investigative reporting and for the 2012 Election Night coverage.

Matt Crenson (@mmcrenson), as U.S. chief of correspondents for the Nature Publishing Group, directs U.S. coverage online and in the front-half news section of Nature. He also has served as managing editor for Science News, national reporter for the Associated Press, producer for ABC News, and science writer for the Dallas Morning News.

Brian Eckert is executive director of communications and public affairs at Washington and Lee University. He formerly served as director of media and public relations at the University of Richmond for 14 years.

Haley Sweetland Edwards (@haleybureau) is a correspondent for Time magazine, where she covers policy and politics, including all things education. She was previously an editor for the Washington Monthly.


Paul Glastris (@glastris), editor-inchief of the Washington Monthly, formerly served as senior speechwriter to President Bill Clinton and spent ten years as a correspondent and editor at U.S. News & World Report.

Tim Goral (@timgoral), editor-in-chief of University Business, has been a member of Professional Media Group since 2000, first as features editor of District Administration (a publication for K–12 educators) and later as editor of the higher education business magazine, Matrix, which merged with University Business in 2002.

Allie Grasgreen (@alliegrasgreen), higher education reporter for POLITICO Pro, spent four years as a reporter for Inside Higher Ed before moving to POLITICO in 2014.

Lila Guterman (@lilaguterman) is deputy managing editor for departments at Science News. She previously edited online stories at Chemical & Engineering News. She wrote about science research, publishing, and ethics for the Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2008.

Doug Haddix (@DougHaddix), assistant vice president for editorial communications at Ohio State University, leads the university communications team that produces content for the OSU.edu website, alumni magazine, social media, and executive communications. Haddix is a former reporter and editor with the Columbus Dispatch, Scranton Times, and UPI, among others.

Eric Hand (@erichand) is a reporter specializing in earth and planetary science for Science magazine, where he arrived in 2014 after seven years focusing on astronomy at Nature. He also has worked for the Oregonian, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Caroline Howard (@CarolineLHoward), senior online editor, arrived at Forbes in 2009 after ten years as contributing correspondent for People magazine.

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 that attracts more than 2 million monthly page views.

Michael Kiser (@one_lucky_man), vice president for marketing and communications at Lafayette College, and a champion of social media in higher education communications, has worked with Dan Zaiontz as part of the HigherEdLive.com webcast series. Formerly, he was vice president for communications at Colby College.

Melissa Korn (@melissakorn), higher education reporter for the Wall Street Journal, began her career at Dow Jones writing breaking corporate news in 2007 and moved to the Journal in 2011. She has been covering general higher education issues since 2014.


Anne Marie Lauranzon (@CaliforniaGirl9) is director of communications and marketing at Randolph-Macon College. Previously, she served as director of corporate marketing and communications for Bon Secours Richmond Health System.


Ron Lieber (@ronlieber), personal finance columnist for the New York Times, is the author of the recently-published book, The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money.

Janet Lorin (@JanetLorin), higher education reporter for Bloomberg News, was formerly a correspondent for AP and a reporter with the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Akron Beacon Journal.

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

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.


Anita Narayan, managing editor, education, joined U.S. News & World Report in 2010.

Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson) is education reporter for Vox. She also has been a higher education reporter for POLITICO Pro and a reporter at Inside Higher Ed, covering federal higher education policy.


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


Jonathan Riskind (@JonRiskindatACE) is the director of media relations, at the American Council on Education.

Amy Salit has been producer of the National Public Radio program Fresh Air with Terry Gross for the past 25 years.

Nancy Seideman (@NSeideman) joined Emory University as associate vice president for media relations in 2006.

Jeff Wakefield (@jrwakefi) is associate communications director at the University of Vermont, where he has worked for 16 years following a career with public relations and integrated communications agencies.

Alan Scher Zagier (@azagier) is an Associated Press correspondent based in St. Louis, Missouri, and a former AP national higher education reporter. Previously, he worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Florida, North Carolina, and Washington as well as a Boston Globe national correspondent and visiting professor of journalism at the University of Missouri.

Dan Zaiontz (@danzaiontz) is the author of #Follow The Leader: Lessons in Social Media Success from #HigherEd CEOs, a study of the social media practices of college and university presidents. He consults on strategic planning and public affairs and is a professor at Seneca College in Toronto.