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Steph Smith and Naomi Harris Join EWA

EWA is delighted to announce two additions to our team: Steph Smith and Naomi Harris.

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce two new additions to our team.

Steph Smith will serve as Content Director, managing strategic content creation, development and training. Steph has worked at the intersection of journalism and education for more than two decades. Before joining EWA, Steph was the editor-in-chief of Teach For America, where she led a team of writers and editors reporting on inequity in education. Steph has also worked as an editorial director at Scholastic and a reporter at newspapers in Connecticut. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Connecticut.

Naomi Harris will serve as a Content Manager, where she will help coordinate and plan EWA’s programmatic work. Naomi comes to EWA from Open Campus, a nonprofit news outlet where she served as a national higher education reporter focused on race and equity. She has also reported for PublicSource in Pittsburgh and The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Naomi’s work has been published in The Washington Post, The Associated Press and other national outlets. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in journalism and anthropology from the University of Maryland. 

“We’re excited to have Steph and Naomi join in EWA’s work supporting the nation’s education  journalists. They bring both fresh perspectives and new expertise, which will be valuable in our efforts to serve members and strengthen our communities,” said Kathy Chow, EWA’s executive director.

They will begin their employment with EWA on Oct. 2.