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Owner & Publisher
John is an entrepreneur and community activist who took over as owner and publisher of NEXTpittsburgh on January 1. He lives in Polish Hill. He also volunteers for his neighborhood association, enjoys a good bagel, and has a habit of cycling around town. More by John Rhoades
Brian brings a passion for Pittsburgh, doughnuts and ice cream to his job as editor. His more than 30 years of journalism experience have taught him the importance of community engagement and a sense of humor. More by Brian Hyslop
Cristina Holtzer is NEXTpittsburgh’s Digital Editor. When she’s not laughing too hard at TikTok, Crissy can be found working on her novel or playing the Sims. Read her work in Everyday Health, The Kitchn, Pittsburgh Magazine, Inc and more. More by Cristina Holtzer
Columnist & Co-host of In Other News
Award-winning writer Tony Norman tells the untold stories of Pittsburgh’s Black communities in a weekly column for NEXT. The longtime columnist and editorial writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan and an adjunct journalism professor at Chatham University. He is the current chair of the International Free Expression Project. More by Tony Norman
Arts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor
Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn’s The Ladybug Transistor. More by Jennifer Baron
General Assignment Reporter
Jason Phox is a journalist in the Pittsburgh area sharing important information with the people of the Steel City. He enjoys writing, photography, and mostly comic books. More by Jason Phox
Social Media Specialist
Anne Perri Cole
Annie Perri Cole is a digital media specialist and works in television production. She’s also a cactus maker for @plantladywannabe, co-creator of @housesofpittsburgh and mom of two, living in Pittsburgh’s North Side. More by Anne Perri Cole
Tracy is the founder and Editor at Large of NEXTpittsburgh which she started in March 2014 and sold in December 2020. She is passionate about making Pittsburgh a better place for all and connecting people to do the same. More by Tracy Certo
Andrew Conte, founding director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, writes the On Media column at NEXTpittsburgh with support from The Heinz Endowments. More by Andrew Conte
Sandra Tolliver is a freelance writer, editor and public relations professional in Upper St. Clair. More by Sandra Tolliver
Ann Belser is the owner of Print, a newspaper covering Pittsburgh’s East End communities. After receiving a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she moved to Squirrel Hill and was a staff writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for 20 years where she covered local communities, county government, courts and business. More by Ann Belser
Sally Quinn is a Pittsburgh-based editor and writer who writes about food, entertainment, kid stuff, pop culture, cocktails! More by Sally Quinn
Joyce Gannon is a Pittsburgh-based freelance writer. More by Joyce Gannon
Co-host of In Other News
Natalie Bencivenga is a socially conscious journalist and media personality. She currently pens the nationally digitally syndicated “Ask Natalie” advice column for the Universal Press Syndicate in addition to co-hosting “In Other News.” More by Natalie Bencivenga
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Dorothy joins NEXTpittsburgh after 30+ years of media experience in Pittsburgh and other cities, most recently as director of sponsorships at WESA & WYEP. She enjoys working with sponsors to create strategic marketing plans, helping them maximize their impact. Contact her to see what she can do for you.
Director of Growth
Manager of Strategic Partnerships