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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
Erin Keane Scott came to journalism by way of an insistent curiosity and a love of liberal arts. This curiosity has lead her on an adventure that began in Chicago where she blogged for ChicagoNow and attended Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, lead her to Washington, DC, where she worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts, DCist.com and The Washingtonian magazine, and has recently brought her to Pittsburgh. She finds the Steel City easy to love and is enjoying exploring the myriad neighborhoods and cultural institutions that are the building blocks on which Pittsburgh has gained its reputation for being one of America's most livable cities. Follow her @erinKkeane.

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
Amanda Leff Ritchie got her start in journalism as a teen "Movies 'n' Music" critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2001. An alumna of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Amanda is Pop City's innovation editor. Her writing has appeared in Paste Magazine, Pitt Magazine, and Chatham University's institutional magazine, The Recorder, of which she was managing editor for several years. She was previously the manager of public relations and communications at Kelly Strayhorn Theater and a senior news representative at the University of Pittsburgh, where she launched Pitt's official social media channels. Amanda is a freelance writer, editor, and public relations consultant and blogs weekly about green living at thegoodhuman.com. Follow Amanda @mermanda.

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.

For Good/Community Editor
A lifelong Pittsburgher, Marty spent eight years in the local nonprofit world, writing grant proposals that raised millions for building renovations, new specialty centers, academic programs, the arts and libraries in aid of local universities, UPMC and other institutions. Most recently, he spent a decade as news editor of In Pittsburgh Newsweekly and Pittsburgh City Paper, and the past several years as a contributor to Time, Salon and other weeklies, including Pop City's sister publication in the Commonwealth, Keystone Edge. Follow Marty @MLevinewrites.

Brian is a freelance photographer from London, England, where he gained his MFA in photography from the Royal College of Art. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Guardian newspaper, BBC Focus on Africa, and the British Journal of Photography.  Brian's work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, England.  He earned a Ph.D. in Art History at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Brian, his wife, and their four children moved to Pittsburgh in late 2006.

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Managing Editor: Erin Keane Scott
Development News Editor: Caroline Gerdes
Innovation News Editor: Amanda Leff Ritchie
Pop Filter Editor: Patrick Bowman
For Good—Non-Profit News Editor: Marty Levine
Staff Photographer: Brian Cohen

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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