Staff

Sophie Culpepper, full-time LexObserver reporter. Former Managing Editor on the 130th Editorial Board of The Brown Daily Herald.

Erin Sandler-Rathe, Editor-at-Large, has worked in regional economic development for the past seven years. Her background also includes many years teaching writing and social media at the college level, as well as administrative positions in a variety of industries.

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Lauren Feeney, resident of Lexington for almost four years, is the Director of Video Production for The Intercept, a non-profit investigative news organization. Before joining The Intercept, she spent many years as a senior digital producer for various PBS programs, including Wide Angle, Women, War & Peace, and billmoyers.com. Her short-form documentary journalism has appeared on-air and online on PBS, The New York Times, Al Jazeera English, and The Atlantic, among other outlets, and has been featured in film festivals around the world.

Harry Forsdick, Lexington resident and Town Meeting Member, retired from a successful software development career in 2004. His groundbreaking work with companies like Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN), CMGI and Level 3 Communications included prototypes of and precurors to many of the applications currently in use on the Internet, such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Google Docs, and GMail. He and his teams also worked on some of the first video teleconferencing applications, forerunners of the now-indispensable Zoom. He founded and moderates the Lexington List and has advised LexMedia and the Lexington Community Center. Currently he owns and operates Lexington Photo Scanning.

Elizabeth Hansen, resident of Lexington for three years, is the CEO and co-founder of the National Trust for Local News, a nonprofit working with funders and communities to keep local news sustainable and in local hands. In its first transaction, the Trust worked with the Colorado Media Project, the Gates Family Foundation, the Colorado Trust, the American Journalism Project and the Colorado Sun, to acquire 24 community newspapers and place them under an innovative new structure, preserving local ownership.

Cameron Hickey, resident of Lexington for almost four years, is the founder and Director of the Algorithmic Transparency Institute. He leads an effort to develop methodologies and tools for collecting and analyzing data to increase transparency about how large digital platforms impact society. Previously, Hickey covered science and technology for the PBS NewsHour and NOVA with correspondent Miles O’Brien. Hickey has won a News and Documentary Emmy Award and a Newhouse Mirror Award for his journalism and was also a Knight Foundation Prototype Grantee for his junk news monitoring tool NewsTracker, and won a 2019 Brown Institute Magic Grant to investigate inauthentic activity on social media. His work has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, NOVA, Bill Moyers, American Experience, WNET, and The New York Times.

Nicco Mele, resident of Lexington for ten years, is a published expert on local news and former director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to that, he was the deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Nicco co-founded the Massachusetts Poetry Festival where he still serves as board chair.

Robert Rotberg is an internationally-recognized scholar and author in the field of governance and foreign affairs. He has written extensively on African nations and leaders, serving on the Secretary of State’s Africa advisory panel in 2003-2004 and directing the establishment of the Index for African Governance. His work in peace studies led to his appointment as director of the World Peace Organization, and he continues to teach at several institutions around the world.

Craig Sandler is the owner and founder of State House News Service, a media company that tracks legislation and legislators on Beacon Hill. He also serves as the Managing Editor for News Service Florida. He is a member of the board of the Lexington Historical Society, and he also publishes the Massachusetts Almanac.