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About Pop City

Launched in March of 2006, Pop City is a weekly e-magazine and website that connects you--and the rest of the world--with the people and places that are making Pittsburgh such a lively, diverse and livable city. We write about technology and innovation news, job growth, development and nonprofit news, arts and culture. To help you better navigate our city, we feature neighborhood guides and a weekly selection of arts and cultural events. Sign up in the box to the right to get Pop City delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

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Managing Editor
A native Pittsburgher, Melanie Cox McCluskey began her journalism career at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, working as a beat reporter and copy editor. After working as a copywriter in Pittsburgh and New York City, she moved back to her hometown and fell in love all over again with the city’s dizzying topography, welcoming neighbors and inspired creative scene. Melanie has contributed to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Business Quarterly, NEXT Pittsburgh, Maniac Magazine and Venus Zine. When she’s not writing, you can find her running the hilly terrain and looking to uncover Pittsburgh’s hidden success stories. Follow Melanie @melaniemc.

Development Editor
A New Orleans native turned Pittsburgh resident by way of Washington, DC, Caroline Gerdes is Pop City's development editor. After graduating from Louisiana State University, Gerdes received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant. As a Young Explorer, she conducted an oral history project about the New Orleans Ninth Ward neighborhood and blogged for National Geographic News Watch and National Geographic Traveler magazine's Intelligent Travel Blog.While living in DC, she was published in the Huffington Post and Hello Giggles, in addition to DC arts publications. Gerdes also has a food blog, The Old Country Blog, that catalogs food roots and traditions — though sometimes the posts are more about satisfying her sweet tooth. Follow Caroline @carolineceleste.

Innovation Editor
Pittsburgh transplant Amanda Waltz started her writing career as an A&E intern at The Pittsburgh City Paper, where she developed a taste for the local cultural scene. Unable to resist its Rust Belt charm, she returned to the city after attending the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has served as a community journalist and editor for the Scotsman Press, produced radio news content for the NPR member station WAER 88.3, and freelanced for the Syracuse Post-Standard and the Charleston Post & Courier. Currently, she writes film reviews for the The Film Stage and covers Pittsburgh film events through her blog Steel Cinema. Follow Amanda at @SteelCinemaPGH.

Pop Filter Editor
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Patrick Bowman's unabashed love of the city's arts and culture can be directly attributed to hanging around neighborhood institutions like the Manor Theatre, the Mattress Factory, and Club Laga (RIP) since he was in middle school. After returning home from college in 2008, he began doggedly covering the local music scene on his blog Speed of the Pittsburgh Sound, eventually contributing features and criticism to the Pittsburgh City Paper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pitchfork, Paper Magazine, The AV Club, MTV Hive, and Idolator. He has also worked as a professional writer for an eclectic mix of Pittsburgh non-profits including the Lawrenceville Corporation, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and Animal Friends. Patrick and his wife live in Lawrenceville with their dog and their cat. Follow Patrick @speedofsoundpgh.

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Managing Editor: Melanie Cox McCluskey
Development News Editor: Caroline Gerdes
Innovation News Editor: Amanda Waltz
Pop Filter Editor: Patrick Bowman

Website and e-magazine design:
Matt Lehman, Fluent Consulting
Mark Walz, Fluent Consulting

Pop City Media is a division of Issue Media Group, LLC

Group Publisher:
Brian J. Boyle
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