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John Rhoades

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

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Brian Hyslop


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

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Cristina Holtzer

Digital Editor

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

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Tony Norman

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

Jennifer Baron

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

Jason Phox

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

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Emma Honcharski

Social Media Specialist

Anne Perri Cole

Video Producer

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 Certo

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

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

Sandra Tolliver is a freelance writer, editor and public relations professional in Upper St. Clair. More by Sandra Tolliver

Ann Belser

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

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Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn is a Pittsburgh-based editor and writer who writes about food, entertainment, kid stuff, pop culture, cocktails! More by Sally Quinn

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Joyce Gannon

Joyce Gannon is a Pittsburgh-based freelance writer.  More by Joyce Gannon

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Natalie Bencivenga

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


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Dorothy Frank

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.

Ally Acuna

Ally Acuna

Manager of Strategic Partnerships