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 writer and editor. 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: Lance Wiedower
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 placemaking. Learn more about our underwriting policy here.
Lance is a veteran journalist with more than 16 years of experience in newsrooms in the Memphis area as a reporter and editor, including most recently as managing editor of The Daily News
. He regularly contributes to The Daily News
, including a biweekly travel column, The Daily Traveler. He manages an internationally recognized family travel brand, tripsbylance.com
, writes travel features for national and regional publications and is the Memphis editor for About.com. Lance has written pretty much every kind of story that’s published in a newspaper, from religion, obituaries, politics and government to real estate, sports, legal trends and crime. When he’s not traveling or planning the next trip, he and his family can be found enjoying everything Memphis has to offer, from the Grizzlies to the Levitt Shell. His wife, Stacey, is an international bestselling fiction writer. Contact Lance
On the Ground Photographer: Andrea Morales
Development News Editor: Michael Waddell
Andrea Morales is a documentary photographer based in Memphis. Born in Lima, Peru, she grew up in Miami, earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida and an M.A. in photography from Ohio University. Working for different newspapers moved her to cities and newsrooms of all size, including the El Sentinel in South Florida, the Lima News in NW Ohio and The New York Times in NYC. Most recently, she was on staff as a photographer at the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire, where she covered barn dances, ox pulls and presidential elections, all with equal joy.
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 Editor: J. Dylan Sandifer
J. Dylan Sandifer is a freelance writer. A Memphian since matriculating at Rhodes College in 2008, she has also been a contributor for the Choose901 blog.