The 74 Appoints Nicole Ridgway as New Editor in Chief of National Education Newsroom

The acclaimed nonprofit education news website The 74 has recently appointed Nicole Ridgway as its new Editor in Chief, succeeding Steve Snyder, the previous editorial director who has now taken on the role of CEO as per the board’s decision.

Ridgway brings more than 25 years of experience in leading newsrooms, shaping news content, managing editorial and product strategies, and fostering innovations at prominent digital media organizations globally.

Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at CNN Business, where she oversaw breaking news, analysis, and in-depth reporting, managed multiple writer and editor teams, and played a key role in expanding the editorial scope of the website. One of her noteworthy initiatives at CNN was establishing an editorial team focused on addressing the widening wealth gap in America, shedding light on initiatives to provide better opportunities in education, healthcare, and workforce development to underserved communities. Ridgway also launched CNN Business’s inaugural investigative team, which garnered several prestigious awards.

Prior to her role at CNN, Ridgway held leadership positions at AOL, Forbes, and Dow Jones and authored the book The Running of the Bulls: Inside the Cutthroat Race from Wharton to Wall Street in 2005.

Ridgway now joins Snyder’s senior leadership team, including Chief Development Officer Nicole Harris and Chief Creative Officer Emmeline Zhao, as a key addition. Meanwhile, Jim Roberts, the former publisher, continues to support the leadership transition in a contributing editor role.

During the tenure of Snyder and Roberts, The 74 has garnered multiple industry accolades for its exceptional journalism, including The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award by the Online News Association, distinguished awards from the Education Writers Association, and the Insight Award for Visual Journalism presented by the Institute for Nonprofit News. The site’s readership and audience have seen significant growth, and it has collaborated with various national outlets such as The Atlantic, Axios, The Guardian, and others to share its stories.

In a message to The 74 team, Snyder expressed his admiration for Ridgway’s dedication to empowering journalists to produce impactful stories and maintain journalistic integrity. He highlighted Ridgway’s commitment to the site’s mission of challenging norms, exposing injustices, promoting solutions, confronting systemic racism, and showcasing individuals making positive changes in education.

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