Brock Read Named Editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Brock Read, a Chronicle journalist for almost two decades, will be the ninth editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. As editor, Read will lead the nation’s largest and most influential newsroom of award-winning journalists covering U.S. colleges and universities.

“Higher education is facing a pivotal moment during a time of massive national disruption, a tumult marked by the confluence of the pandemic, a sudden economic downturn, and nationwide protests for racial justice,” said Michael G. Riley, president and editor in chief of The Chronicle of Higher Educa

Veteran Journalist Elevated to Lead the Nation’s Largest Higher Ed Newsroom

Brock Read, a Chronicle journalist for almost two decades, will be the ninth editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. As editor, Read will lead the nation’s largest and most influential newsroom of award-winning journalists covering U.S. colleges and universities.

“Higher education is facing a pivotal moment during a time of massive national disruption, a tumult marked by the confluence of the pandemic, a sudden economic downturn, and nationwide protests for racial justice,” said Michael G. Riley, president and editor in chief of The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc., the media company that owns The Chronicle. “Brock’s experience covering change in higher education from within The Chronicle make him the perfect person to lead our newsroom going forward and shape our coverage of this essential sector during this unprecedented time.”

Since joining The Chronicle in 2001, Read has served in a variety of roles, including as the newsroom’s first web producer and then as web editor. Read also worked extensively on two major redesigns of Chronicle.com and the creation of The Chronicle’s academic-career site, ChronicleVitae, before returning to the newsroom to guide daily-news coverage in 2014. Read was tapped as a managing editor in May 2019, leading a team of editors and reporters in providing breaking coverage and expert analysis of higher-education news and trends.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to spend nearly two decades in The Chronicle’s remarkable newsroom,” said Read. “The organization’s legacy of rigor, independence, and innovation has left an indelible mark on journalists like me — and on the vitally important sector those journalists cover. I’m excited to work with our editorial, business, and technology teams, as well as the higher-education community, to meet this critical and challenging moment.”

Read has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Williams College. He will assume his editor duties at The Chronicle of Higher Education immediately, where, as part of the Chronicle newsroom, he will also oversee The Chronicle Review and Arts & Letters Daily.

As part of this transition, Evan Goldstein, a 15-year veteran of The Chronicle of Higher Education and editor of The Chronicle’s opinion coverage under The Chronicle Review, will serve as The Chronicle’s sole managing editor. Goldstein became a managing editor this past January and has been the driving force behind the recent redesign of The Chronicle’s print publication.

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About The Chronicle of Higher Education

Every month The Chronicle of Higher Education provides more than five million professionals across higher education the right information to make the best decisions for their students, their institutions, and their careers. For more than five decades, The Chronicle has been the unrivaled leader in higher-ed journalism, providing award-winning news and information, deep insights, and opportunities for professional growth to those who shape colleges and universities. It is owned by The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc., which publishes The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Arts & Letters Daily, and The Chronicle Review. More: chronicle.com.

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