High Ground News is an online news source 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.
Our robust On The Ground program embeds High Ground News journalists in Memphis neighborhoods. We seek to rebalance the news so that Memphians are exposed to stories that help them understand the city’s challenges and better understand that there are people in every neighborhood across Memphis innovating for solutions.
Meet the Team
Publisher and 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.Executive Editor: Madeline Faber
Madeline Faber is a local editor and award-winning writer. 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
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.
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.
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.