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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 and how a local tech company is thriving and hiring. To help you better navigate our city, we feature neighborhood guides and a weekly selection of arts and cultural events. Be one of the 39,000 subscribers to get Pop City every Wednesday.
Publisher & Editor:
Tracy was founding editor of Pop City and took on the role of publisher as well in November, '07. Former editor of AIA Pittsburgh's Columns magazine, with her own writing and marketing business, she has written about topics ranging from architecture and urban design to sustainability and economic development. A two-time boomeranger, she returned to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles where she worked in national media sales, with post-grad studies in writing and photography at UCLA. In June, 2009 she traveled to Turin, Italy and Essen, Germany as part of a German Marshall Fund trip to study the revitalization of the two regions that, like Pittsburgh, were nearly felled by single-industry decline. Like other transplants to this city, she is charmed by the many diverse and eclectic offerings of Pittsburgh--and welcomes the opportunity to showcase them through Pop City. Pop Filter Editor:
Jennifer, born in Neptune, NJ, was named after a Donovan tune. She worked as education director at the Mattress Factory for five years where she developed contemporary art programs and publications. While living in NYC for ten years, Jennifer worked at the Brooklyn Museum, Dahesh Museum, Museums Magazine and ARTime. She is a founding member of The Ladybug Transistor, with whom she recorded numerous albums and toured the U.S. and Europe, and she has played in and recorded with Pittsburgh's New Alcindors. A fellow at Carnegie Mellon's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Jennifer is working on a book with the Pittsburgh Signs Project, which received a Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections grant. An avid crafter, she helps run Pittsburgh's premiere indie craft fair, Handmade Arcade and writes a column on historic signs for Western Pennsylvania History magazine. Jennifer loves the topography, trees and tamburitza music of Pittsburgh. No one at Pop City can keep up with her.
Innovation News Editor:
Deb arrives at Pop City after two decades of work as an award-winning writer and editor which includes jobs as a newspaper reporter and editor, magazine writer, and writer/editor for Time-Life Books in Alexandria, Virginia. At TLB, she researched and wrote for the science series, Library of Curious and Unusual Facts, and Native American Indians. She also was the editor of street magazine,The South Street Star, in Philadelphia and freelanced for the Washington Post, Philadelphia newspapers, a California health care company, and the Bureau of National Affairs in Washington, D.C. Having lived in several U.S. cities, she has come to truly appreciate the quality of life and innovative spirit Pittsburgh offers. She is also a huge fan of Pittsburgh teams, except, of course, when they are playing against her Philadelphia hometown.
For Good/Community News 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.
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.
Contributing Editor: Elaine Labalme
Elaine writes frequently as "New Girl In Town" at Pop City and she is as quick to share her love for her adopted city as she is to issue a call to arms. Arriving in Pittsburgh by way of San Francisco in 2007, her Left Coast journey included stints in the corporate world before turning to writing full time in 1994. She writes on food, travel and pop culture for local and national publications and was lead blogger at MamasForObama.net during the 2008 presidential campaign. Her book, Stars of the Stars, sold hundreds, maybe even thousands, of copies and she has been thinking about her next book ever since. Favorite Pittsburgh pursuits include family bike rides along the riverfront trails and tweeting during Pittsburgh Penguins games.
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