John Allison is an editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
John is a photographer and writer who lives in West View.
David is a self-taught photographer making fine art and freelance photography for the past 25 years. He has been the recipient of grants from the NEA and the Polaroid Corporation. He makes photographs for corporations, healthcare and editorial clients around the world.
Valerie Bacharach lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a member of Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshops. She conducts weekly poetry workshops with the women of Power House, a halfway house for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Voices from the Attic, Pittsburgh City Paper Chapter and Verse, Uppagus, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, U. S. 1 Worksheets, Poetica, and Pittsburgh Poetry Review.
Jennifer is a freelance writer specializing in science, medicine and the environment. She is a marine biologist-turned-scribe who now pens prose instead of counting cells. Jennifer loves digging into new research and figuring out why we should care. She lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband, Michael, and their daughters, Ilyssa and Sylvie.
Doreena is a freelance photojournalist who likes jumping out of planes. She hopes to be featured as the storied traveler when her sister writes a book. Doreena plans to pursue graduate work in photojournalism.
Tess Barry (MA in English, University of Pittsburgh; and MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry, Carlow University) was shortlisted for the 2015 Manchester Poetry Prize (England/UK). Twice a finalist for North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize and Aesthetica Magazine’s (England/UK) Poetry Award, she was also shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Poetry Prize (England/UK). Her poems most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Mudfish Vol. 19, Cordite Poetry Review (Australia), The Woven Tale Press Literary and Arts Magazine (UK) and online at the Manchester Writing School’s website. Her most recent prose is available online at North American Review’s blog, where she has been a featured blogger. Barry is a Fellow of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project and longtime member of Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops. She teaches English, literature, and creative writing at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer, John Beale teaches photojournalism at Penn State University. His recent freelance photography for The Associated Press has been published by many major newspapers, magazines and websites across the country; ranging from Sports Illustrated to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. His photography has been included in more than a dozen books and has been honored with numerous regional and national awards.
John lives and works as a freelance illustrator in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His images grace the covers of books published by The Penguin Group, Tor, Harcourt Publishing and Llewellyn Worldwide and a myriad of other publications and periodicals. His work also appears in the fantasy art showcases Spectrum, Fantasy Art Now, Aphrodisia and Erotic Fantasy Art, Now.
Katie Booth’s work has appeared in Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, The Fourth River and Vela, and has earned fellowships and residencies from the Edward Albee Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center and the Massachusetts Historical Society. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Hampshire College. She currently teaches writing and journalism at the University of Pittsburgh and is the “Bookmarked” column editor for Vela.
Bear is serving as fashion advisor and personal wardrobe expert to executive and community leaders in Pittsburgh, New York and Washington, D.C.
Valentine J. Brkich is a freelance writer and editor from Beaver.
Brian is an artist who lives and works in Lawrenceville. A native of Forth Worth, Texas, he is an MFA candidate in the Master of Fine Arts program at Carnegie Mellon University.
Lara Bruhn is the owner of Prantl’s Bakery in Pittsburgh and contributes to Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine with Op-Ed articles of varying subject matters.
Chris graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in media studies. While photography has been a lifelong pursuit, Chris has also been active in commercial audio recording, music production and film soundtrack composition. Chris lives in Seattle, Wash., with his wife and daughter.
K.J. returned to Pittsburgh after 30 years in Los Angeles. She left behind two grown children, a communications career, traffic and a workaholic lifestyle. She was welcomed by her 90-year-old mother and a city that has changed as much as she has. Before coming home, she took a year-long road trip around the country interviewing women with inspiring stories of transformation.
John, a Squirrel Hill resident, is a marketing consultant working with technology and life sciences companies in western Pennsylvania and beyond. In a previous life, he was a journalist, reporting from London and Johannesburg.
Thomas is a freelance writer and communications consultant living in Ben Avon. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Tom has lived in Boston and Seattle but finds that his roots have grown deep in Pittsburgh. He came to town in 1987 to join the news staff of The Pittsburgh Press, where he worked until it closed in 1992.
Kelly loves telling people’s stories. She began her journalism career at the Pitt News, University of Pittsburgh’s student newspaper. For several years, she was a general assignment and Sunday feature writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. After moving to Virginia, she joined the University of Virginia Medical Center marketing department. For the past several years, she has focused on health writing, including serving as regional editor for the nationally syndicated quarterly magazine, Vim & Vigor. She was lulled back to Western Pennsylvania in 2006 but continues to work for UVA from afar and is excited to be once again reporting on the Pittsburgh region. Kelly lives in Oakmont with her husband and two sons.
Pittsburgh-based artist and formally-trained illustrator Ashley Cecil started her career painting traditional portraiture for private clients and creating illustrations for corporations and nonprofit organizations — from Jack Daniels to Oxfam America. While earning her master’s in art business at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art London, Ashley was heavily influenced by the textile arts of William Morris and the vast collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Her recent paintings are a marriage of two-dimensional pattern and three-dimensional form. Ashley is the current VP of Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators.
Otto is the chief executive officer of Chu Financial Management Corporation, an investment management firm. Alexandra C. Chu is a student at The Ellis School, where she currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Ellisian Times, the school newspaper. They are father and daughter.
Vicky A. Clark is an independent curator and writer, involved in contemporary art and issues since the early 1980s in Pittsburgh.
Gene has written about sports and politics for 30 years. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in distinguished social commentary. With Rob Zellers, he is co-author of the one-man play “The Chief,” based on the life of Steelers founder Art Rooney.
Before his death in 2010, John edited daily newspapers for 33 years, his final 27 as editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette until 2003. He was president of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Indicators Consortium and former co-chairman and executive committee member of the Riverlife Task Force.
An editorial artist for 30 years, Ted has returned to Cleveland with The Plain Dealer after spending 17 years at two newspapers in Pittsburgh. As an illustrator, he tries to accurately represent the story without being too literal. His work has won many awards, including SND and PRINT. Ted resides with his wife, Kim, and their two Yorkies, Trixie and Pansy, on Cleveland’s West Side. When not illustrating, he likes to play basketball and bike.
Gregory Curtis is the founder and Chairman of Greycourt & Co., Inc., a wealth management firm. He is the author of three investment books, including his most recent, Family Capital. He can be reached at . Please note that this post is intended to provide interested persons with an insight on the capital markets and is not intended to promote any manager or firm, nor does it intend to advertise their performance. All opinions expressed are those of Gregory Curtis and do not necessarily represent the views of Greycourt & Co., Inc., the wealth management firm with which he is associated. The information in this report is not intended to address the needs of any particular investor.
Mark is a management consultant and entrepreneur who lives Downtown. He is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Mark spent 15 years in and out of government service in Washington, D.C., before moving to Pittsburgh.
Aradhna is the president and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., a resource for leadership development. Deeply committed to community building, Aradhna is actively engaged with the academic, public policy, corporate and nonprofit sectors and serves on several local boards. Born and raised in India, Aradhna holds an MBA from Rutgers University and a master’s in psychology from Bhopal University.
Dietrich was a native of Pittsburgh, who wrote about Pittsburgh history and its greatest industrial leaders and historic philanthrophists. Bill joined that group shortly before his death in 2011, leaving more than $500 million to a variety of Pittsburgh institutions. He received his undergraduate education at Princeton, and earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. He spent his entire business career with Dietrich Industries from 1961 to 2003, eventually serving as president and CEO, and then as non-executive chairman. He is the author of “In the Shadow of the Rising Sun: The Political Roots of American Economic Decline.”
Jody is a regular contributor to Pittsburgh Dish and a frequent guest on the radio show, “Walking on Air with Betsy & Sal,” on WLBK in Dekalb, Illinois. For several years, she penned the weekly “Left Field” column for Pittsburgh’s City Paper. An irreverent sports fanatic, she lives on the North Side and is currently at work on a book about professional women’s football.
Beth is a columnist and freelance writer. A former investigative reporter for WTAE-TV, she is now a contributing correspondent to WQED-TV’s “On-Q” program. When she is not rowing with her crew team, Beth is an avid tennis player and yoga devotee. She and her husband, a television producer, live in Ben Avon with their young son and daughter.
Barbara is a full-time mother and freelance writer living in Fox Chapel. She is an expert shopper for the best in local products and services.
Adam is a professional writer (and an avid photographer) whose work can be found at I-Vortext.com, among other places. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and his name means “iron city,” which makes his lifelong fascination with scrap yards, industrial decay, entropy, and the like a kind of poetic cosmic destiny.
Roy’s life as a photographer started when, at 8 years old, he received a box camera as a birthday gift. Although he majored in biology at the University of Pittsburgh and spent 10 years teaching the same, his true love in life is taking pictures. As a commercial photographer, he specializes in architectural imagery.
Pittsburgh native and commercial photographer Ric enjoys shooting from his downtown loft studio as well as locations throughout the country and world. To him, every day is an exciting challenge. Ric’s off-camera time is spent tromping through the woods and biking and kayaking at his river camp where he enjoys his two dogs.
Melissa is a freelance photographer who has contributed to National Geographic over the past 18 years. She was a staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal and Times newspapers. While in Louisville, Farlow was an integral part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of school desegregation. She lives in Sewickley.
Dan has been a journalist for 20 years, currently as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and previously with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was twice named best young real-estate writer in America by the National Association of Real Estate Editors.
Tom Flannery is the Managing Partner of the Pittsburgh office of Boyden Executive search. He has worked in search for the past 30 years, initially with a local boutique firm that he owned and for the past 17 years with Boyden. Tom’s early career included ten years with Gulf Oil in a series of marketing positions and another eight as owner and president and owner of a multi-state distribution company he acquired from Gulf and several other related businesses. Tom’s business literally takes him around the world and the people he has met in his travels have provided him with an inexhaustible supply of anecdotes, reminiscences, and tales, some compelling and some somber. Writing is an important part of his business as he presents candidates to his clients and has been part of his life since he started writing short stories when he was in grade school. As he has begun to wind down his career, Tom wants to devote more time to writing and sharing some of what he encounters enjoys and endures on a daily basis. Tom is a Pittsburgh native, a father of two grown children, a grandfather of three and lives in Fox Chapel with his wife, Stephanie.
Sherrie Flick is author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness. She lives on Pittsburgh’s South Side Slopes where she gardens, cooks, bakes, and writes. She teaches in Chatham University’s MFA and Food Studies programs, serves as series editor for At Table, the food writing book list at University of Nebraska Press, and is co-founder of Into the Furnace, a writer-in-residence program in Braddock, Pa.
Jeffery is a Pittsburgh-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to Pittsburgh Quarterly. In his past life, he was a reporter and editor for newpapers large and small, only one of which is still in business. His magazine and newspaper reporting has won numerous awards.
Julia Fraser is a Pittsburgh Today staff writer and research specialist.
Reid is a freelance writer who worked as a reporter for the North Jersey Herald & News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He also been a door-to-door pie salesman in France, a night-shift doughnut finisher in Oakland and a wedding photographer’s assistant in New York City. He lives in Wilkinsburg with his Marijke, daughters, Anya and Ruby, and Cleo, their curbside setter.
Freelance writer Ann McKenna Fromm has published in Pittsburgh Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and most other local media. A former English instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, she did project work for Ketchum Communications, learned to fly an airplane, and became an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). She recently published Steel City Love Song, a collection of previously published true stories set in Pittsburgh. Last May, she married Jarvis Cotton and now lives with him in O’Hara Township.
Sean is a staff writer for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After three years working for a daily newspaper in rural Missouri, and 12 working for papers in Chicago, he moved home with his family 2 1⁄2 years ago. He continues to write for newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and New York Times. He and his wife, Dr. Joey Kallem, a local emergency veterinarian, have two sons.
Chico Harlan is currently living 14 time zones away from relevance, spending a half-year as a staff writer for The Daily Telegraph, in Sydney, Australia. He’s written previously for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ESPN The Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post Magazine. He graduated in 2004 from Syracuse University (aka the Harvard of Onondaga County), and because of tuition payments, his parents haven’t taken a proper vacation in about eight years.
Steve Hecht is a freelance writer. He worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a sports writer and copy editor for 30 years. Previously, he was employed by newspapers in Dayton,Ohio, and State College, Pa. He was also editor of Steel City Sports, a weekly that was published in the early 1970s.
John has worked for the Miami Beach Daily News, The Miami News, The Pittsburgh Press, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Associated Press. His photos have appeared in other publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
A journalistic innovator, Heuck has been writing about Pittsburgh for 25 years, as an investigative reporter and business editor at The Pittsburgh Press and Post-Gazette and as the founder of Pittsburgh Quarterly. His newspaper projects ranged from living on the streets disguised as a homeless man to penning the only comprehensive profile in the latter years of polio pioneer Dr. Jonas Salk to creating a statistical means of judging regional progress that has led to similar projects across the country. Heuck’s work has won numerous national, state and local writing awards. His work has been cited in the landmark media law case “Food Lion vs. ABC news.”
James has been creating informational news graphics since 1994. He has won many awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists Best Graphic Designer in Ohio, the first place Associated Press of Ohio award for informational graphics, and Society for News Design Best of Newspaper Design for information graphics/breaking news.
Stuart Hoffman is chief financial economist of PNC Financial Services Group.
Journalist and author Justin Hopper focuses his work on two disparate places: his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, and the rolling hills of Southern England. Covering the former, Hopper has won Keystone and Golden Quill awards for his writing about music and the arts, and recently published Making the Connections, a book about community projects enacted as a part of Pittsburghs 250th anniversary. For the latter, he has written for publications such as Paste and Spin magazines, and is currently finishing a book on the 100-mile-long South Downs Way.
Tom Imerito is president of Science Communications, a Pittsburgh technology communications consultancy.
Stacy was born in California and graduated from the University of New Mexico where he studied fine art and history. In addition to his illustrations for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, his work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, MSNBC.com, The New York Times and in two award-winning picture books for Harcourt Publishing. He’s received awards from American Illustration, The New York Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Sigma Delta Chi and Print magazine, among others.
Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoir, Miss New York Has Everything. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and elsewhere. She is a professor of English at The University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus.
Jim has been working independently as a freelance photographer for 29 years. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a master of fine arts degree. He considers himself a generalist and takes photos for corporate, editorial and nonprofit clients. He lives in Franklin Park.
William is the director of Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Studies at Pitt, where he is also the Wesley W. Posvar chair in international security studies. He is a co-author with Thomas of “China’s Rise and the Shifting Balance of Influence in Asia.” Thomas is a professor of economics and history, specializing in the Chinese economy.
Carolyn is an illustrator/artist who graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in design and illustration and a minor in printmaking. Her work has been published internationally as well as locally. Carolyn’s sensitivity to texture, pattern and materials is reflected in her unique illustration style.
For 16 years — 10 of which as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer — Chris led Tollgrade Communications Inc. from technology startup to public company to being recognized as one of the Best Small Companies In America by Forbes, Fortune, Business 2.0, Bloomberg Personal Finance and Industry Week. In the year 2000, sales of Tollgrade’s centralized telephone test systems reached $114 million. That year, its value on the NASDAQ exchange also reached $2 billion. For his efforts, Chris was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, as well as by the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. Chris was also named CEO Communicator of The Year by the Public Relations Society of America.
Chris has been a columnist for Pittsburgh Quarterly since the magazine’s inception in 2006. His column, “To Boldly Go” deals with the subject of innovation. For his writing, he is a two-time nominee and one-time winner of the Golden Quill Award by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.
Nick Keppler is a Pittsburgh-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Village Voice, Nerve, Vice, and Slate. When he’s not on his laptop, he’s probably kayaking on one of the city’s rivers with a Led Zeppelin track blaring through his earbuds.
Max is president of The Pittsburgh Foundation in Pittsburgh and formerly president of The Heinz Endowments. Before he came to Pittsburgh, he was the editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer through most of the 1990s. He lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife, Peggy, and their dog, Mancie. He has two grown sons.
Jonathan is a founding principal of Studio for Spatial Practice, a design firm specializing in projects that transform the public realm through architecture, urban design, landscape and art. He’s also an artist and an adjunct assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture, where he teaches urban design. He lives and works in Lawrenceville.
I’m the recipe developer, stylist, photographer and crazy dog lady behind With The Grains. I believe there’s magic in baking bread, whipping cream and setting the table a little differently each time. I believe true health begins in the soil, is nurtured organically and should arrive at our tables with great care. Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free or eat meat, you’ll find a recipe here for you, so I hope you will join me in this conversation.
A native of Cleveland, Lisa graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and a master’s degree in photography. She has worked as a photojournalist at several daily newspapers in Ohio, Michigan and New Jersey and has been honored with dozens of awards. Lisa has settled in Oakmont with her husband, Peter, and their son, Max.
Sandra is the literary editor of Pittsburgh Quarterly. Before entering magazine work, she was employed as an architectural historian for the Los Angeles Conservancy and a photographic historian for the Smithsonian Institution. She reads and writes at her home in Point Breeze.
David Liebmann is an educator who has birded throughout the country.
Karen is an artist and a writer of novels and poetry. She is the founder of Words Like Kudzu Press and of the small-press import service, Lillis Distribution/Pittsburgh. Originally from Virginia, she lived in New York City for over a decade and worked at the literary haven, St. Mark’s Bookshop, for many of those years. She called Pittsburgh home as of December 2005.
Adam is a retired Pittsburgh WTAE news anchor/reporter who, after some 40 years of broadcasting, launched a freelance writing career. Mostly, he writes about historic or military aviation events. When not writing, he might be found fishing, photographing or bird watching. Adam lives with his wife, Ellie, in Monroeville, where the couple recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.
Robert writes and directs independent feature documentaries that give life to overlooked aspects of history. He is also a published author and by day serves as a senior staff member at Akoya, Pittsburgh’s innovative strategic planning and communications firm on the South Side. His role at Akoya includes development of print materials, Web sites and motion pictures for NASA and other clients.
Bette grew up in New Castle and is a firmly planted transplant in Deutschtown on Pittsburgh’s North Side. She came to Pittsburgh to work at the Thomas Merton Center and met all the interesting people who came through the doors there. She met the rest of Pittsburgh as a freelance writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and some magazines. Next to Pittsburgh, she loves Iceland best, but there’s not enough room to tell why.
Seamus is a regular contributor to many publications including Court TV’s Crime Library, Penthouse, Reader’s Digest, Stuff magazine, Spin and The Forward. He has won a number of journalism awards and is currently working on a comic novel set in Pennsylvania’s coal country. He lives in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife, Kren, and four children, Miriam, Yona, Seneca and Liam.
Pittsburgh Quarterly’s creative director from 2008 through 2017, Jennifer came to Pittsburgh from another steel town — Bethlehem, Pa. She attended Carnegie Mellon University for graphic design, fell in love with the city, graduated and stayed. She also performs across the country, singing and traveling with the Pittsburgh-based Boilermaker Jazz Band. Jennifer lives in Deutschtown on the North Side with her husband and daughter.
Tim drew political cartoons for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for nearly 30 years. His work appeared in national newspapers, newsmagazines and on network television. He also paints and has drawn comic strips, written and illustrated a column and feature stories, and written one-act plays. And, he plays in a blues-zydeco band: piano and, uh… accordion.
Cami graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., with a BFA in photography. She freelanced in Los Angeles until 2002 when she made Pittsburgh her home. She now freelances for several magazines, advertising agencies and design firms. She loves photographing people, especially children. Road trips with her husband and son are one of her favorite things to do.
Terry Miller is director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics and the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum. Miller has served as a consultant on special initiatives to The Pittsburgh Foundation, Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Power of 32 Regional Visioning Initiative, and has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to her tenure at the Institute of Politics, Miller was founder and first executive director of POWER, the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery. Miller has presented at national and local conferences on issues of race, gender and public policy, community organizing, addictions counseling, and gender-specific programming and meets regularly with international dignitaries on issues of social inclusion, governance and fiscal policy, workforce development, health and human services, and justice and social responsibility.
A lawyer, law professor and public commentator, Mistick has spent much of his professional life in and around government and served as Executive Secretary to Mayor Sophie Masloff. A passionate home cook, he takes special pride in finding those off-the-beaten-path eateries that are at the heart of our region’s character. Just about any weekend, you can find Joe at home, puttering with an old Alfa Romeo Spider and cooking in his wood-fired oven.
James is a retired professor of computer science and dean of the West Coast campus of Carnegie Mellon University. He is a CMU graduate who received a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley, worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and is a founder of MAYA Design Group.
Ben Moyer writes about nature, outdoors and conservation issues from his home in western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands.
John is a practicing psychotherapist in the Pittsburgh area addressing abuse and trauma issues for children, teens and adults. As a photographer, he has been nationally acclaimed for documenting the amazing transformation of Frick Park’s Nine Mile Run — the largest urban stream and wetland restoration project of its kind in the U. S. sponsored by the Army Corps of Engineers. The theme of all of John’s work has been restoration and recovery.
Sandy graduated Harvard Law School in 1971, cum laude. He has served in federal and state government, as V.P. and general counsel of Giant Eagle Markets, as adjunct professor at Pitt’s Katz Business School and as a business consultant.
Bob is president of United Way of Allegheny County. Throughout his career, Bob’s passion for positive change and focus on advocacy for people with disabilities and youth have led to new policy approaches based on best practices. He has been director of policy initiatives at Pitt’s Office of Child Development, executive director of the Governor’s Commission for Children and Families and director of human services for Allegheny County.
Christine H. O’Toole Based in Pittsburgh, Chris contributes to newspapers and magazines around the country. She’s written two travel guidebooks to Pennsylvania and reported from twelve countries. Next up: Cambodia.
Dan graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and worked for several years as a CPA before earning a degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He was elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 1991 and re-elected in 1995. In 1999, he was elected Allegheny County Controller, spending four years as a watchdog against wasteful spending and fraud. In 2003, he was elected County Executive and in 2007 was overwhelmingly re-elected. He currently works for Highmark.
Marino, a freelance golf writer, has covered the game around the world. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, among other publications, and he is the author of “Oakmont, 100 Years,” the history of the storied club. He was a journalism adjunct instructor at Pitt, and was a sports writer and the golf writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Barry is an award-winning biographer, film historian, Russian translator and contributor to The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. Among his books are Audrey Hepburn and Song of Haiti, the story of Dr. Larry and Gwen Mellon and their Albert Schweitzer Hospital.
Evan Pattak is a Pittsburgh freelance writer and publicist. His work appears regularly in TEQ, Pennsylvania Manufacturer, Pop City and Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine.
Virginia writes for newspapers and magazines about food. She translated the cookbooks of French pastry chef Christine Ferber, made popular in this country by Martha Stewart. She is active with Slow Food, an international organization working through agro-ecology for a better food supply and to restore the ceremony of the table. She was founding editor of Mt. Lebanon Magazine.
Joseph has read his share of studies on the decline of Western Pennsylvania steelmaking during a career as a journalist, manager of corporate issues, technology association executive and novelist and writing coach. This issue’s report on Pittsburgh’s steel suppliers triggered his sense of irony about a region looking elsewhere for industry to replace its legacy in metals. It turns out that a robust cluster of knowledge-based companies has been building Pittsburgh’s reputation worldwide as a leading center for technological innovation in steelmaking.
Heather is the owner of Heather Prather Photography based in Erie, PA. She primarily photographs babies, children and their families. She has done extensive charitable work for the Humane Society of Northwestern PA providing pet portraits for their annual calendars. She was commissioned to photograph the first ten babies born at Hamot UPMC Women’s Hospital for the launch of the new facility. Her work is also on display in the neonatal unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie.
Joe is a diversified photographer whose career began in 1973, shooting church interiors while working on a degree in biology at West Virginia University. During summer breaks from Pitt dental school, he earned the nickname “Photo Joe” as a whitewater rafting photographer on the Youghiogheny River. He lives in the Deutschtown neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Duane has been a successful advertising photographer for 20 years, working for local and national clients including The Discovery Channel, ESPN, GQ magazine, Mellon Bank and UPMC. He works from his studio in Engine House No. 25, a 100-year-old landmark in Lawrenceville, where he also displays his private collection of Roberto Clemente memorabilia. Duane is currently working on a book documenting Major League Baseball.
Tara is a freelance marketing consultant and event planner who started pulling tear sheets from Vogue and Town & Country at the age of 12. A Pittsburgh native and city dweller, she is proud to see the downtown area growing.
Jennifer Papale Rignani is a marketing professional and a freelance writer living in south Pittsburgh with her husband and three daughters.
Christopher Rolinson is an assistant professor of photography and photojournalism at Point Park University.
Charles Rosenblum is a journalist, critic, and scholar who specializes in the built environment and visual arts. His work has appeared in Architectural Record, Preservation, Architect’s Newspaper, Public Art Review, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly. Charles has taught history and theory of art and architecture at Carnegie Mellon University since 1998.
Renee is a freelance photojournalist based in the South Side. She covers a wide range of features and sports subjects for local and national media. Her documentary work includes an embedded state-side project on National Guard training exercises in Georgia and California, coverage of relief volunteers in the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina and an intimate look at life in Afghanistan.
Ellen is the president of Getting to the Point Inc., a relocation consulting service. Her company assists more than 100 corporations in greater Pittsburgh recruit, relocate and retain senior talent.
Cristina Rouvalis is a former Post-Gazette feature writer who freelances for a variety of national and regional publications. She loves writing profiles, and her subjects have ran from a millionaire executive to a prison mom to a pro wrestler. In the name of journalism, she has done many things that go against her nature, including hawking peanuts at a Pirates game and following a repo man on an all-night run.
Gizem is a painter, born and raised in Istanbul. She has exhibited her work in galleries across several cities, including Istanbul, Montreal, Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York City.
Robert has been creating informational news graphics since 1994. He has won many awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists Best Graphic Designer in Ohio, the first place Associated Press of Ohio award for informational graphics, and Society for News Design Best of Newspaper Design for information graphics/breaking news.
George creates humorous and conceptual illustrations for a wide variety of clients.He is also a contract artist and writer with American Greetings, designing cards for their alternative humor lines. George’s work has garnered a number of awards, and has been recognized by the NY Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Print’s Regional Design Annuals, and the Addys. He is co-founder of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, which has grown to be the fourth largest group in the United States.
Ben Schmitt graduated from Peabody High School in 1988 and Michigan State University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He worked as a reporter at the Concord Monitor, Savannah Morning News, American Lawyer Media and the Detroit Free Press and won a national Emmy award in 2008 for two video stories about pit bulls. He also helped report on the downfall of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, which earned the Free Press a Pulitzer Prize in 2009. He is now vice president of written communications and social marketing for Z Brand Group in Pittsburgh.
Conceived sometime during the ’79 Pirates’ championship run and the beginning of the Steelers’ fourth Super Bowl season, David began taking pictures of his favorite athletes at age 8 — on the TV screen. After studying photography at Drexel University in Philadelphia, he moved to Pittsburgh (home of his beloved Steelers and Pirates) in February where he is now a commercial photographer.
Paul Scripko started life in the Mon Valley south of Pittsburgh and after attending McKeepsort’s Serra High School, Pitt, and grad school at Harvard, he’s had a career on Wall Street and in high tech, both of which allowed him to enjoy many of the world’s great cities. Viewing Pittsburgh from a distance resulted in his ongoing commentary about Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. He discovered that a bit of distance does indeed provide a better perspective. His goal is to prod Pittsburghers to recognize issues that need addressing, while embracing the region’s world-class strengths and opportunities.
Paul is Creative Director for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. He has been a published photographer for nearly 30 years, 17 of those at the zoo. He borrowed his Dad’s camera when he was in 9th grade and has been making photos ever since. He is a native Pittsburgher and he and his wife live in Allison Park with their two sons.
Jeff is an award-winning independent filmmaker and writer who specializes in defining the cultural significance of American people, places, things and events. Among other projects, he is currently producing a television documentary about the history of jazz in Pittsburgh, and is co-authoring the memoirs of famed forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht.
Fred Shaw is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University, where he received his MFA. He teaches writing and literature at Point Park University and Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the chapbook, Argot (Finishing Line Press). His poems have been published in 5AM, Poet Lore, Brilliant Corners, Briar Cliff Review, Permafrost, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Pittsburgh City Paper, where he currently reviews books. In a parallel life, he has also worked in the service industry for the past twenty-five years. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and rescued hound dog.
Graham is a collector, critic, curator, consultant and writer who has lived in Pittsburgh for nearly 20 years. After studying law at the University of Cambridge and reading for the English Bar, he was distracted by the lure of art and has been so ever since.
Stuart Sheppard is a novelist, critic, and management consultant. Follow him: @HamletsMachine
Patricia Sheridan is known for her popular “Breakfast With…” interviews in the Post-Gazette and is also associate editor of Seen. Sheridan has been a staff writer at the Post-Gazette since 1997, covering social events, the home furnishing industry and interior design. Sheridan won first place in the newspaper category for the 2007 American Home Furnishings Alliance journalism awards.
Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh. His poems have appeared many places including Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, and Third Coast. He is the author of two poetry collections: Unattended Fire (Six Gallery Press) and The River Underneath the City (Low Ghost Press).
Parker freelances for magazines and works independently in digital video. After graduating from Purdue University in civil engineering, he volunteered in an orphanage in Mongolia teaching kids how to use computers.
Eric, now retired from the practice of law, was a senior and founding partner with Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C., one of the nation’s premier health law firms. In retirement, Eric devotes a significant portion of his time to pursuing his lifelong interest in American history and the fascinating intersections of race relations and the law.
Jim is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, with a BFA in illustration. Just two years later, he found his dream job as a staff illustrator at Eucalyptus Tree Studios in Baltimore, Maryland. Working alongside accomplished illustrators, he learned the value of versatility. Over the last 20 years as a freelance illustrator, his flexibility has kept his illustrations current in today’s ever changing market. Jim can be found either at his drawing board or creating on his Mac computer, with his Golden Doodle Zoey at his feet, in his Stewartstown, Pennsylvania studio in York County.
Jay Stevens is a free-lance writer living in Erie, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts, he’s since lived in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Germany, and Russia, and written extensively on politics, social trends, technology, sports, and anything else that interests him. His work has appeared in The American Prospect and The Guardian, and he just returned from an assignment for NBC in London, helping cover the Olympic Games. He’s a regular contributor to Erie’s alt-weekly, The Erie Reader.
Matt Stroud’s writing about prisons and wrongful convictions with the Innocence Institute of Point Park University has lead to reopened murder cases and deep investigations into Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections. He is now a staff writer at The Pittsburgh Business Times.
Robert is a fine-art photographer who adopted Pittsburgh seven years ago. He loves to explore the myriad neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, camera in hand, taking a fresh look at the city — its buildings, bridges, historical artifacts and institutions. Robert’s work can be found at Watercolors Gallery in the Cultural District, and most Saturdays he can be found on Penn Avene in the Strip District.
Keerthi is majoring in photography at Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art, India’s oldest art and design school, at Bombay. Her parents are peripatetic which took her to Haiti last summer. She was a delegate at the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2002 and graduated to represent India at the Global Young Leaders Summit at Vienna in 2004.
Philip Terman’s most recent books of poetry are Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press) and Like a Bird Entering a Window and Leaving Through Another Window, a hand-sewn collaboration with an artist and bookbinder. A selection of his poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, has been translated into Arabic and published by Ninawa Press. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Sun Magazine, The Georgia Review, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine, and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. His poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily. He teaches at Clarion University, is co-director of The Chautauqua Writers Festival, and directs the Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA. His poetry can be found on the sculptor James Simon’s mosaic, “Musicians,” at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. Occasionally, he performs his poetry with the jazz band, Catro.
Sherri an illustrator and portrait artist working in Pittsburgh. She graduated from Syracuse University’s Visual Communications program with a BFA in Illustration and worked as an Art Director at several major advertising agencies before starting her freelance business in 1990. Since then, her clients have included the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, The Children’s Institute, Benedum Center, Parker/Hunter, Westinghouse, Wholeys and numerous private patrons. Her work has been accepted into the New York Society of Illustrators Annual and has been included in several gallery and museum shows in Pittsburgh and Syracuse. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society.
Dennis is a partner with the law firm Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, where he provides advice to companies doing business around the world. He has written four books, including his Trade Secrets Handbook, which was published in English, Japanese, Chinese and Serbo-Croatian. Prior to joining the law firm, he was legislative director for U.S. Sen. Hugh Scott.
Marylynn spent 17 years as the film critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette before becoming the newspaper’s society editor and SEEN columnist. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Sunil is co-founder of iGATE Corp., a global technology services business. Under Sunil’s leadership, iGATE has been named one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States by Inc. magazine, Business Week and others. He serves on the boards of Carnegie Mellon University, the Information Technology Association of America and the United Way.
Robert Walicki is the curator of VERSIFY, a monthly reading series in Pittsburgh, Pa. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals including, HEArt, I-70 Review, The Kentucky Review, Cabildo Quarterly, and on the radio show Prosody. He currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015). He lives in Verona, Pa. with his wife, Lynne, and two cats.
David Wallace is an artist and musician living in Pittsburgh. His work has been shown in galleries and museums around the county and he’s designed for independent filmmakers, psychedelic rock bands, experimental theater companies and puppet festivals. His illustration work was featured in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual and his collage work has been published in Masters: Collage by Lark Books and Exhibition 36 by North Light Books. As guitarist and contributing visual artist with performance troupe Squonk Opera, he tours across the U.S. and internationally.
Chip is an author, filmmaker and former CNN bureau chief who, like many, has boomeranged back home to Pittsburgh. He’s consulted with companies and universities on digital media and communication here and on both coasts. His third book, Thumbs, Toes and Tears — And Other Traits That Make Us Human, has been published in five languages. He also contributes to The Economist, Scientific American Magazine and the Boston Globe. Chip is currently working on his fourth book, Decoded, for Walker Books.
Chris has worked as a freelance writer for more than 15 years. A Pitt graduate and native of Los Angeles, Weber honed his skills in sports publishing in New York City before returning to Pittsburgh. An avid fisherman and volleyball player, he lives in Bethel Park.
Ben Wecht is a Pittsburgh native, Regent Square resident and fanatic of Frick Park, where he and his family enjoy running, biking and exploring nature. As administrator of Duquesne University’s Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, he develops, hosts and distributes academic and professional education programming at the interface of science, law and public policy. A former marketing communications professional, print journalist and teacher, and co-author of two true-crime books, Ben is a musician, fiction writer and poet.
Elizabeth is a freelance writer and lifetime Pittsburgher who resides in the North Hills. She has worked in adult literacy, at a financial investment firm, as a kindergarten teacher’s aide, as a debt collector, and even as an entrepreneur. Her BA in English from the University of Dayton and her MBA from Duquesne University provide her with the unusual combination of being able to “cook the books” but also write a concise, grammatically-correct statement denying all wrongdoing. She finds humor in the everyday and loves to laugh, especially at other people. All emails praising her undeniable talent can be sent to .
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Paul is a photographer, writer and naturalist. Trained as a botanist, he has been active in conservation for 40 years. His photography has appeared in publications, including The New York Times, National Geographic and Time-Life and Readers Digest Books.
Dan has been a graphic designer and illustrator for 40 years and lives in Pittsburgh’s Mexican War streets with his wife Leslie. His work has been reproduced for clients throughout the U.S. and Canada including magazine cartoons for Omni, Penthouse and Saturday Review. For the past 25 years, he and his brothers have produced original T-shirt designs for stores and mail-order catalogs.
Bruce, a Pittsburgh native, is a collector, businessman, attorney and amateur historian. He is actively involved in art museums and historical societies in Western Pennsylvania and New England. When he is not engaged in those activities, he produces wine in a lobster-shaped bottle under the brand Homard.
Jack has been a photographer for 33 years, working primarily in the corporate advertising and editorial world. Recently he has directed his creative talent to the subject of golf. His imagery of Oakmont Country Club in this issue has led him to projects for Kiawah Island and The Homestead in Virginia. His photos, like his golf scores, are well above par.
Brandon Fury graduated with a BA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a candidate in the MFA program at Carlow University. His work has been featured or is forthcoming in Pittsburgh’s City Paper’s online feature Chapter and Verse; Runaway Hotel Vol. 2; The After Happy Hour Review and the Pittsburgh Poetry Review.
Brandon Gdula recently earned his Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication at Point Park University.
Dan Reynolds is a magazine editor based outside of Philadelphia. His work has appeared locally in the Taproot Literary Review, The Loyalhanna Review and the region’s daily and weekly newspapers.
Danielle Commisso is a Pittsburgh-based freelance writer who has worked in STEM education and research.
David Macpherson is a recently retired physician living in Upper Burrell, Pennsylvania.
Diana Bucco is vice president of the Buhl Foundation.
Jan Beatty’s new book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in Spring, 2017. Books include The Switching/Yard, Red Sugar, Boneshaker, and Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Jeff Broadhurst is the president and CEO of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.
Jennifer Jackson Berry’s first full length collection of poetry “The Feeder” is forthcoming from YesYes Books in late 2016. Her poems have appeared most recently in journals such as The Paterson Literary Review, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Toad, and Whiskey Island, as well as the anthology Political Punch: The Poetics of Identity (Sundress Publications, 2016). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in the Braddock Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops.
Jonathan Barnes is a Pittsburgh-based journalist and freelance architecture, engineering and construction writer.
Kate Benz has been a professional writer for the past fifteen years with bylines appearing in The Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Magazine, Table Magazine, Pittsburgh Quarterly, and LOCAL Pittsburgh Magazine. She is also the author of an “Images of America” book on the history of Cranberry Township. When she is not writing, you can find her thoroughly enjoying a co-dependent relationship with her dog or taking long, romantic walks down the makeup aisle.
Matthew John Milligan is a freelance writer living in Point Breeze.