Elizabeth Green

Board Member CEO & Co-founder, Civic News Company

Elizabeth Green is the founder and CEO of Civic News Company, the publisher of nonprofit newsrooms Chalkbeat and Votebeat. Elizabeth co-founded Chalkbeat in 2014. Since its launch, Chalkbeat’s reporting has spurred changes in education funding, legislation, policy, and practice and is regularly cited and republished in dozens of publications. In October 2020, Elizabeth and the Chalkbeat team launched Votebeat, a pop-up newsroom designed to provide independent, nonpartisan coverage of election integrity. After the success of the pop-up, Votebeat launched as a permanent newsroom in 2022. In 2023, the Chalkbeat team introduced Civic News Company as the parent organization of Chalkbeat and Votebeat. Elizabeth co-founded the American Journalism Project, the first venture philanthropy firm dedicated to local news, in 2019, and served as the Chair of its Board of Directors for its first two years. Her book Building a Better Teacher was a New York Times bestseller and notable book of 2014. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and other publications. Elizabeth has been a Spencer Fellow in education journalism at Columbia University and an Abe Journalism Fellow studying education in Japan. She lives in Washington, D.C.

We are officially launching Civic News Company, the parent organization for Chalkbeat, Votebeat, and possibly future beats to come.

Chalkbeat’s coverage of America’s hard-hit education landscape is more important than ever. We are committed to giving communities the information they need to navigate this turbulent time. 

On August 17, Chalkbeat is opening a new bureau in Philadelphia, thanks to a partnership with the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.

As we recreate local news, we must dismantle the journalistic practices and traditions that uphold white supremacy.

The coronavirus pandemic has made it clear that traditional funding models for media are broken.