Dale joined the staff in February 2008 after two years as a freelance contributor. She brings to the Notebook two decades of experience covering education for the Philadelphia Inquirer, a strong local and national reputation as an award-winning reporter, and a wealth of local and national contacts. As contributing editor, Dale writes stories as well as editing content for the Notebook. She is a past president of the board of the national Education Writers Association and teaches a journalism course at Swarthmore She has worked with Philadelphia high school newspapers through the Prime Movers project.
Lauren joined the staff in 2014. She is a fundraising professional, a former journalist and a Philadelphia public school parent. Lauren began working in the nonprofit field in 2002 at the American Diabetes Association, where she gained experience in fundraising, donor cultivation and management, and event planning. More recently, she was the first-ever development director at Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, a professional laboratory science organization. Lauren earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Syracuse University and a master’s of public administration at Villanova University.
Dara, a Philadelphia native, is a former freelance journalist and public school teacher with extensive marketing and account management experience. She first began working with nonprofits as a VISTA volunteer after college, working for a literacy program in Arizona. She is a graduate of Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Master’s of Science in Education. A mother of five, she is a strong believer in the importance of independent journalism and public education.