Contributors

Pittsburgh Quarterly's contributors are a group with more than 40 Pulitzer Prize nominations. They represent an all-star cast of the best writers, photographers and artists in western Pennsylvania.  

Chris Allison Chris was a founder and CEO of NASDAQ-traded Tollgrade Communications, Inc. Under his leadership, Tollgrade was recognized by Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg Personal Finance, Business 2.0 and Industry Week as one of the best small companies in America. He has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. He is now Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Allegheny College.

John Altdorfer ~ photographer John is a photographer and writer who lives in West View. His photos in this issue are known as "TTV," a technique that involves taking a photo with a digital camera through the viewfinder of on old-fashioned camera—the kind that might have used in the 1930s or ’40s. The often unpredictable results produce unusual effects in framing, lighting and focus. For more of John's TTV and other photos visit www.jaltdorferphotography.com.

David Aschkenas ~ photographer David is a self-taught photographer doing 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. He can be reached at www.daschkenas-photo.com

Jennifer Bails 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.

John Beale ~ photographer A former 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 Blumen ~ illustrator A native Pittsburgher, John has worked as a freelance illustrator for the last 30 years. Working in both the advertising and publishing fields, his illustrations have graced the covers of books published by The Penquin Group, Llewellyn World Wide and Harcourt Publishing. His work can be seen at www.creative-shake.com/john blumen

Brian M. Brown ~ illustrator 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.

Chris Brush ~ photographer 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. His music, photography and musings can be found at www.chrisbrush-media.com.

Thomas Buell Jr. 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 Casey ~ freelance writer 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 (uvahealth.com/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. Formerly a resident of Pittsburgh’s East End (Shadyside/Friendship), Kelly now lives in Butler, Pa. with her husband and two sons.

Ashley Cecil 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. Her work can be viewed at www.ashleycecil.com

John Craig Jr. 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.

Ted Crow ~ illustrator An editorial artist for almost 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.

Aradna Dhanda 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.

Jody diPerna 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.

William S. Dietrich II A native of Pittsburgh, Bill 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 now acting as the trustee and chief investment officer of the Dietrich Charitable Trusts. He is the author of “In the Shadow of the Rising Sun: The Political Roots of American Economic Decline.”

Barbara Eichenlaub 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 Eisenstat 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 Englebrecht ~ photographer 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. He can be reached at roy@rephoto.net.

Melissa Farlow ~ photographer 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.

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. www.sherrieflick.com

Jeffery Fraser 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.

Ann Fromm 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 D. Hamill Sean is a freelance writer based in Sewickley, his hometown. 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--including one born during the reporting on this issue’s Pittsburgh Promise story.

Chico Harlan 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 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.

Douglas Heuck 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 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 Hilston ~ information graphics 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. jameshilston.com

Justin Hopper 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.

Stacy Innerst ~ illustrator 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 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 Judkis 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.

Carolyn Kelly ~ illustrator 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. A piece of her work is in the Carnegie Museum of Art's AAP Exhibiton on display until Jan. 21. You can see her work at www.carolyn-kelly.com.

Jonathan Kline ~ illustrator 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.

Sandra Levis 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 Liebman David writes about birds and birds in literature. Trained in science and English, he holds degrees from Middlebury College and teaches at Shady Side Academy. He has birded throughout the U.S., favoring the Pittsburgh region for warblers and the desert Southwest for hummingbirds.

Adam Lynch 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.

Bette McDevitt 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 McGraw 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. (Photo by Sharon Guynup)

Jennifer McNulty ~ publication design / illustrator Pittsburgh Quarterly’s creative director since April 2008, 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. Jennifer is responsible for the overall look of the magazine and pittsburghquarterly.com. 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 Menees ~ illustrator 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.

Joseph Sabino Mistick Joe is a Sunday columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and the Democratic half of Roddey-Mistick, a political debate program on PCNC-TV. 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.

jmoyerJohn Moyer ~ photographer 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.

Robert Nelkin 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.

Dan Onorato 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.

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.

Heather Prather ~ photographer 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. To view more of her work or to contact Heather, please visit www.heatherprather.com

Joe Renckley ~ photographer 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. You can reach him at joerenckly@verizon.net.

Duane Rieder ~ photographer 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.

Christopher Rolinson ~ photographer Christopher Rolinson is an assistant professor of photography and photojournalism at Point Park University.

Renee Rosensteel ~ photographer 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.

Cristina Rouvalis 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 Saka ~ illustrator Gizem is a 29-year old painter, born and raised in Istanbul, currently living in Pittsburgh. She has exhibited her work in galleries across several cities, including Istanbul, Montreal, Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York City. Her latest work can be seen at www.Istanbulgallery.com.

Robert Sands ~ illustrator 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. jameshilston.com

George Schill ~ illustrator 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. www.georgeschill.com

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.

Paul A. Selvaggio ~ photographer 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. View and order prints at www.paulselvaggio.image-kind.com

shearingGraham Shearing 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.

Patricia Sheridan 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. She can be reached at psheridan@post-gazette.com

Eric W. Springer 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 Starr ~ illustrator 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. More Jim Starr illustrations can be seen at www.jimstarr.com.

Jay Stevens 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 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 and web editor with Pittsburgh Quarterly, where he has learned to speak about himself in the third person. He lives with his wife and two rambunctious cats in the North Hills."

Marylynn Uricchio 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.

Dennis Unkovic 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.

Chip Walter 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.

David Wallace 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. You can see David’s work at www.salaczar.com

Chris A. Weber 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.

Paul G Wiegman ~ photographer Paul is a photographer, writer and naturalist. Trained as a botanist, he has been active in conservation for 35 years. His photography has appeared in publications, including The New York Times, National Geographic and Time-Life and Readers Digest Books.

Dan Wintermantel ~ illustrator 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. (web.mac.com/danwintermantel)

Jack Wolf ~ photographer Jack has been a photographer for 28 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. He can be reached at jwolfphotography@comcast.net

Maxwell King Max is president of The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh. He is also chair of the board of the national Council on Foundations, based in Washington, D.C. 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.

K.J. Bryant K.J. recently 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.

Parker Snyder 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. This year, he is in Rwanda developing an independent collaborative media site — 80percentangel.com — about the reconciliation work occurring there.

John Buckman 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. He can be reached at jbuckman@buckman.biz.

Marino Parascenzo 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.

Ric Evans ~ photographer 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. He is most proud of his two children: Lauren, who resides in Seattle, and Luke, who is starting his last year at Penn State.

David Schrott Jr. ~ photographer 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.

Tara Rieland 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. She enjoys hot yoga, making great party soundtracks, discovering the best-kept secrets of the city, and of course — shopping.

Joseph Plummer 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.

John Heller 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 Washington Post.

Mark DeSantis 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 eight years ago.

Robert Matzen 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.

Jeffrey Sewald 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 national public television documentary about legendary author and naturalist Peter Matthiessen.

Barry Paris 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.

Keerthi Suresh ~ photographer 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.

Sunil Wadhwani Sunil is CEO and 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.

Karen Lillis 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.

William W. Keller & Thomas G. Rawski William, pictured, 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.

Virginia Phillips 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.

Beth Dolinar 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.

Sanford Neiman 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.

Bear Brandegee Bear is Pittsburgh Quarterly's fashion writer and stylist. Her alternate fashion persona is serving as fashion advisor and personal wardrobe expert to executive and community leaders in Pittsburgh, New York and Washington DC. Visit Bear at www.bearbrandegee.com.

Lisa Kyle ~ photographer 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.

Reid R. Frazier 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.

Otto Chu & Alexandra Chu 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.

Robert Strovers ~ photographer 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.

Bruce M. Wolf 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.

Cami Mesa ~ photographer 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.

Dan Fitzpatrick Dan has been a journalist for 11 years, the last eight as a business writer with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was twice named best young real-estate writer in America by the National Association of Real Estate Editors. He lives in Regent Square.

James H. Morris James is a 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.

Doreena Balestreire ~ photographer 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.

Ellen A. Roth 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.

Gene Collier 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.


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