Our People

We Are Our People
Expertise defines us, Passion drives us. As the nation’s premier publisher of K-12 news, analysis, and information, Education Week’s reporters, editors, researchers, and management have vast expertise in the field, with in-depth knowledge of school-related issues and data, education policy and practice, and the news industry at large.

Our staff experts are available for media interviews and panel participation on the topics below. To contact our experts, email them individually or contact Lesli Maxwell at lmaxwell@educationweek.org or by calling 301-280-3100.

Our Leaders

  • Michele J. Givens

    President and CEO

    Michele Givens is an experienced and strategically focused publishing executive who has helped lead the nonprofit media organization, best known for publishing Education Week, in a time of profound and often difficult change.

    She joined EPE as general manager in 2001 and formally received the concurrent title of publisher in 2009. In June 2016, the EPE Board of Trustees announced her appointment to succeed her longtime colleague Virginia B. Edwards as the organization’s president and CEO, effective August 1, 2016.

    Previously in her career, Givens was the consumer marketing director for Outside magazine in Santa Fe, N.M.; associate consumer marketing manager at Rodale Press in Emmaus, Pa.; and circulation director at McGraw-Hill in Washington, D.C.

    Givens earned an M.S. in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia, an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico, and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

    She serves on the board of directors of the Center for Teaching Quality and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • Beth Frerking

    Editor-in-Chief

    Beth Frerking, a veteran journalist and newsroom leader who has worked as a top editor, reporter, and journalism educator, currently serves as editor-in-chief for Education Week.

    Frerking’s achievements include being named a magazine innovator by the Folio: 100 Awards and two National Headliner awards for her work covering children, families, and education. While at The Dallas Times Herald, she was part of a reporting team that covered the crash of Delta Flight 191. This work was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.

    Her other accomplishments include helping to launch and oversee the Education Lab, a community-funded reporting team created to expand in-depth education coverage at The Dallas Morning News, and helping to establish The Politico Network, a content-sharing network that included more than 100 news organizations, two-thirds of which were newspapers.

    Frerking’s previous experience includes editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal; senior editor and assistant managing editor at Politico; news vertical editor at The Dallas Morning News; national correspondent for the former Newhouse News Service; Washington bureau chief and congressional correspondent for The Denver Post; director of the Journalism Center on Children & Families, previously part of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and editor of The Daily Texan.

    Frerking is an honors graduate of University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism.

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Editorial Staff

Lesli A. Maxwell
Managing Editor
Mark Bomster
Deputy Managing Editor
Stacey Decker
Deputy Managing Editor for Digital
Kevin Bushweller
Assistant Managing Editor; Director of Editorial/Business Collaboration
Debra Viadero
Assistant Managing Editor
Elizabeth Rich
Opinion Editor
Sean Cavanagh
Managing Editor, EdWeek Market Brief
Laura Baker
Creative Director
Dominique Bander
Opinion Editorial Assistant
Evie Blad
Staff Writer
Jaclyn Borowski
Visuals Editor
Kaylee Domzalski
Video Producer
Emma Kate Fittes
Staff Writer, EdWeek Market Brief
Catherine Gewertz
Senior Contributing Writer
Mary Hendrie
Deputy Opinion Editor
Benjamin Herold
Contributing Writer
Bess Keller
Senior Contributing Editor
Hyon-Young Kim
Senior Digital News Specialist
Alyson Klein
Assistant Editor
Lauraine Langreo
Staff Writer
Mark Lieberman
Reporter
Ileana Najarro
Staff Writer
Eesha Pendharkar
Staff Writer
Arianna Prothero
Staff Writer
David Rauf
Contributing Writer, EdWeek Market Brief
Lesly Moore
Digital News Specialist
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Stephen Sawchuk
Associate Editor
Sarah Schwartz
Staff Writer
Francis Sheehan
Designer
Sarah D. Sparks
Assistant Editor
Vanessa Solis
Associate Design Director
Libby Stanford
Reporter
Denisa R. Superville
Assistant Editor
Gina Tomko
Art Director
Mark Walsh
Contributing Writer
Madeline Will
Staff Writer
Liz Yap
Designer

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Holly Kurtz
Director
Sterling C. Lloyd
Assistant Director
Alex Harwin
Research Analyst

Development & External Communications Staff

Christopher B. Swanson
Vice President, Development & External Communications
Rachael Delgado
Director, Audience Engagement & Analytics
Manas Kore
Senior Digital Analyst
Cole Amster
Digital Analyst
Marina Luciano-Carson
Director of Social Media & Audience Engagement
Hayley Hardison
Social Media Producer
Holly Peele
Director, Education Week Library
Maya Riser-Kositsky
Librarian and Data Specialist
Joshua Kearns
Director, Development

Marketing & Events Staff

Jennifer Mosley
Vice President, Marketing
Stefanie Hemmingson
Director of Audience Development
Melissa Heyeck
Director of Marketing
Jo Arnone
Content Production Director
Emma Prillaman
Manager, Event Planning & Logistics
Robyn Miller-Tarnoff
Marketing Content Manager
Lydia Seiders
Email Marketing Specialist
Brandon Benjamin
Marketing Operations Consultant
Lisa Maria
Marketing Project Manager, Education Week
Esther Andre
Marketing Coordinator
Hannah Davidson
Marketing Intern
Allison McKay
Marketing Intern

MARKETING SOLUTIONS STAFF

Maurice Bakley
Publisher, EdWeek Market Brief
Ben Delaney-Winn
General Manager, Global Sales & Advertising
Karen McKay
Director, Sales, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Guy Blumberg
Regional Manager, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Julie Fagan
Regional Manager, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Josh Ford
Regional Manager, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Valerie Wettlaufer
Regional Manager, Advertising & Marketing Solutions
Daniel Criner
Regional Manager, Advertising & Marketing Solutions

Group Subscriptions Staff

Ryan Lanier
Director of Sales, Enterprise Subscriptions
Tricia Buckley
Regional Manager, Memberships & Subscriptions
Don Lee
Regional Manager, Memberships & Subscriptions

EdWeek TopSchoolJobs Staff

David DePasquale
Director of Sales, TopSchoolJobs
Shirlanda Y. Braxton
Regional Manager, TopSchoolJobs
Tracy Redmond
Regional Manager, TopSchoolJobs

ADVERTISING OPERATIONS STAFF

Adam Kowalsky
Advertising Operations Manager
Miguel de Asis
Advertising Production Project Support Specialist
Jon Li
Advertising Operations Specialist
Rob Voigt
Advertising Operations Specialist

Digital Operations Staff

David A. Tashjian
Director, Digital Operations
Mikhael Leonov
Engineer, Digital Operations

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