High Ground News is a weekly digital magazine and website focused on what's next for the city of Memphis. We connect our readers to the city's most visionary and active people, businesses and organizations – the folks who are making changes and solving problems. We cover big corporate growth to small neighborhood movements, highlighting the development and innovation that are propelling Memphis forward. Our focus areas include economic and neighborhood development, healthy communities, entrepreneurship, non-profits, sustainability, leadership, technology and Innovation.
Meet the Team
Publisher: Anna Mullins
Anna is a local writer and editor who is usually found in a non-profit setting. After receiving her MFA from the University of Memphis, she worked as Editorial Director of Niche Publications for E.W. Scripps where she edited and helped launch a number of titles, including Skirt!
magazine and Spoon
magazine. She currently serves as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the New Memphis Institute. As an avid fan and advocate of the city, she is eager to help build a publication that focuses on the growth and innovation happening in the Bluff City. She lives in Memphis with her four pets. Share story ideas, pet pictures or jokes with her here
Managing Editor: Madeline Faber
Madeline Faber is a local editor and award-winning reporter. Prior to joining High Ground News as managing editor, she worked as a staff reporter for The Daily News
. She has also written for Memphis Business Journal
, The Memphis Flyer
and Inside Memphis Business
. Her experience as a development reporter complements High Ground's mission to write about what's next for Memphis. Contact Madeline
On the Ground Editor: Cole Bradley
High Ground is published by Issue Media Group. Our publications are supported in part by underwriting partnerships with local businesses, institutions, nonprofits, and foundations to support and expand coverage of job growth, economic development, real estate, non-profit innovation, city building, and innovation. Learn more about our underwriting policy here.
Cole Bradley is a native Memphian with an M.A. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Memphis. Since 2011, Cole has worked as a researcher, strategist, and community engagement specialist across the city's private, public, and non-profit sectors. Passionate about storytelling, they began contributing to High Ground News in 2017.
Community Engagement Manager: Emily Trenholm
Emily joined High Ground in May 2017 to support the On The Ground editorial team through stakeholder outreach, community events and other engagement strategies. Earlier, she was executive director of a local community development organization. Emily has a passion for Memphis neighborhoods and the people working to make them great. Development News Editor: Michael Waddell
Michael Waddell is a native Memphian who returned to Memphis several years ago after working for nearly a decade in San Diego and St. Petersburg, Fla., as a writer, editor and graphic designer. His work over the past few years has been featured in The Memphis Daily News
, Memphis Bioworks Magazine
, Memphis Crossroads
, the New York Daily News
and the New York Post
. Contact Michael
Innovation & Jobs News Editors: Kim and Jim Coleman
Kim Coleman is a journalist with over 20 years of experience in newsrooms as a reporter, editor and graphic designer, including ten years with The Commercial Appeal as Design Director/Senior Editor and Print Planning Editor.
Jim Coleman is a freelance writer, covering a variety of topics from high school sports, community news and small business. He has written for different news organizations over the past 20 years, including The Commercial Appeal, Community Weeklies, Lexington Herald-Leader and The Albuquerque Journal.
Editorial Intern: Kiki Whartenby
Kiki is a senior at St. Mary's Episcopal School. She currently serves as the editor in chief of The Tatler
—her school's newspaper—and has been on staff since her sophomore year. Before that, she was a writer for Grrlpunch
, an online magazine. She serves as the co-ambassador for the St. Mary's Facing History chapter and is a leader of the Minority Students Association.