Young founded the media website Very Smart Brothas, which is now published by The Root. Crooked Media, started by former Obama White House staffers, has 19 podcasts with more than a billion downloads.

Passages & Prose: Local author and podcaster Lillie Leonardi has announced that she’s expanding her company, Passages & Prose, to create audiobooks while continuing to represent other writers.

Leonardi previously worked as a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office, and she served as the first female chief of police at Chatham University. Her company will be recording the audiobooks at the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University.

Comings & Goings

  • Maria Manautou has launched Presente, Pittsburgh’s Latino magazine. The online site features original stories about the region’s growing Latino community and resources for recent immigrants.
  • WESA’s Kathleen Davis announced that she’s leaving to join Science Friday, a weekly science call-in show that originates from New York’s WNYC.

The founding director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, Andy Conte writes the On Media column at NEXTpittsburgh with support from The Heinz Endowments. You can find all of his columns here, and you may reach him at