Nicole Avery Nichols

Editor-in-Chief, Chalkbeat

Nicole Avery Nichols —a journalist, storyteller, and media manager proficient in coalition building — is the Editor-in-Chief of Chalkbeat. Nicole started her career as a weekend reporter at the Observer-Dispatch in upstate New York more than two decades ago. As a reporter for various newspapers and magazines, Nicole has covered everything from immigrant resettlement to the Million Man March to the desperate search for lost loved ones after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While rising through the editing ranks at the Detroit Free Press in the 2000s, she coordinated coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, the #MeToo movement, the opioid crisis, and much more. Nicole’s favorite journalism centers people, and her work continuously amplifies the voices of those who have historically been forced to whisper. A native New Yorker, Nicole completed her undergraduate studies at Tuskegee University and earned her master’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Chalkbeat editor in chief Nicole Avery Nichols reflects on her own experiences with racism — and how students of AAPI descent and allies are inspiring her.