EWA Staff Directory


Caroline W. Hendrie
Executive Director

Caroline Hendrie is the executive director of the Education Writers Association, the national professional organization for members of the news media who cover education. She leads strategy, development and programming for the nonprofit organization in support of its mission to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public.


Asia Allen

Asia Allen is EWA’s intern, and assists in research, event planning, and news outreach. 


Stacia Cedillo
Program Manager

Stacia Cedillo is a program manager at the Education Writers Association. She develops content for EWA events, conducts research and writes for the organization’s website, and supports other EWA programs.


Tracee Eason
Operations Manager

Tracee Eason is EWA’s operations manager. Before joining EWA in November 1997, she was conference and catering manager for Ramada Limited Calverton and sales and administration coordinator at the same hotel. She also worked as an administrative assistant for the Institute of Mortgage Banking in Landover, Md. Tracee holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowie State University in Maryland.


Sarah Johnson
Research Specialist

Sarah Johnson is a research specialist for the Education Writers Association. She conducts research that aids in the planning of EWA content and supports other EWA programs. 

Prior to joining EWA, Sarah was an elementary teacher in Kentucky and Ohio, where she primarily taught 4th grade math. She was the president of her local education association in Kentucky, and has a particular interest in the intersection of education and politics. Sarah started her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of North Macedonia, where she taught English as a foreign language. 


Allison Kowalski
Member Engagement Coordinator

Allison Kowalski is the member engagement coordinator at the Education Writers Association. They help plan content for EWA seminars, conducts research and writes for the organization’s website, and supports other EWA programs. Their primary area of focus is higher education.


Judy O’Babatunde
Events Coordinator

Judy O’Babatunde is the events coordinator of the Education Writers Association. She interfaces with vendors, members, speakers, and staff to help plan and execute EWA events. As an events enthusiast with a personal penchant for launching creative ideas, Judy has experience in project management and coordination, as well as marketing coordination and design.


Kristan Obeng
Digital Editor

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Kristan Obeng is a digital editor for the Education Writers Association, where she works with EWA leaders to conceptualize, produce and copy edit digital content to help education journalists. 

Obeng previously worked for Gannett for nearly two years in various roles, including as an education reporter in Visalia, California; a general assignment reporter in Lansing, Michigan; and a digital producer/Pulliam Fellow in Phoenix, Arizona. 


Emily Richmond
Public Editor

Emily Richmond is the public editor of the Education Writers Association. She coordinates programming and training opportunities for members and provides individualized reporting and writing help to journalists. She also hosts the EWA Radio podcast, and authors EWA’s “The Educated Reporter” blog. 


Rachel Wolin
Development Director

Rachel Wolin is development director for the Education Writers Association, where she collaborates with senior staff and leadership to ensure the financial health of EWA in order to better serve its members and the education journalism community at large.


Rick Wilson
Multimedia & IT Manager

Rick Wilson is the multimedia and IT manager for the Education Writers Association. In addition to overseeing technical aspects of EWA’s website and member support systems, he is producer/engineer of the EWA Radio podcast and webinars, as well as other technical areas of the day to day operations at EWA.