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Stephanie Gonzalez

Stephanie Gonzalez is a Cooper-Young resident who grew up in Collierville and graduated from the University of Memphis. Her degree in journalism and fascination with cities and how people behave in them make urban development a natural area of interest. When not writing or people watching, you can find Stephanie sampling local beer, volunteering in her neighborhood or spending time with her pups.


Renee Davis Brame

 

Renee Davis Brame is a writer, actor and loyal Memphian.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Memphis.  Her work for the blog, Pop Depravity, earned an award from the National Society for Newspaper Columnist’s 2016 Column Contest. She is also the founder of theatre901, a virtual community for MidSouth artists of all genres.  


Julia Craven & Madeline Faber

Julia Craven covers race, policing and civil rights for HuffPost. If you have a story to tell, you can reach her at julia.craven@huffingtonpost.com or on Twitter @juliacraven. Madeline S. Faber is an editor and award-winning reporter based in Memphis, Tenn. Her work can be found at @highgroundnews (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) and @maiden_memphis (Twitter).

Julia Craven and Madeline S. Faber

Julia Craven covers race, policing and civil rights for HuffPost. If you have a story to tell, you can reach her at julia.craven@huffingtonpost.com or on Twitter @juliacraven. Madeline S. Faber is an editor and award-winning reporter based in Memphis, Tenn. Her work can be found at @highgroundnews (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) and @maiden_memphis (Twitter).

Thelma Balfour

Thelma Balfour has been a freelance writer for USA Today and Newsweek. She also worked as a reporter for The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper in Memphis. She is the author of two books, Black Sun Signs: An African American Guide to the Zodiac and Black Love Signs.

Molly Mulroy

Molly Mulroy is a recent graduate with a B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans. A native Memphian, she's had a long-standing interest in social justice issues and enjoys storytelling in any form. Her recent podcast Outside covers the stories of four formerly incarcerated people from Louisiana and their struggles with reentry.

Aisling Maki

Aisling Maki is a writer and editor with awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America. Her work has appeared in publications in more than 20 countries and she has written locally for more than a dozen publications, including The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Flyer and Memphis Parent Magazine. She previously worked as a digital producer and weekend reporter for Action News 5, Memphis correspondent for the Agence France-Presse (AFP) and staff reporter for Memphis Daily News.


Cole Bradley

Cole Bradley is an applied anthropologist with a focus in business and community development. Cole is a life-long Memphian, stand-up comic, and all-around "creative" who enjoys hyphens and is trying to post more on Twitter. Follow them @stockingofcole. 

Kirstin Cheers

Kirstin Cheers is a native South Memphian and freelance journalist. She's written for The Tri-State Defender and is a current contributor for iLoveMemphis blog and Memphistravel.com. Professionally, she's the communications specialist at United Way of the Mid-South, a non-profit that supports agencies serving people living in poverty. 

Morgan Beckford

Morgan Beckford is a long-time Memphian, performing musician and educator. Currently, she serves as the coordinator of in-school partnerships for the Memphis Music Initiative and summer conservatory director for Opera Memphis. 
 

Wesley Morgan Paraham

Wesley Morgan Paraham is a Memphis native and huge fan of the 901. He enjoys writing about music and art especially from local artists. He has freelanced as a graphic designer and videographer. He is currently attending the University of Memphis and seeking a degree in Public Relations. One day, he'll actually manage to find it. 

Lauren Squires-Ready

Forever Ready Productions is based in Memphis. It specializes in fast paced, timely content for non profits, small businesses and start-ups. The production company's founder, Lauren Squires Ready, has more than a decade of award-winning video journalism experience and uses that skill to help create an impact narrative for any mission driven organization. Visit www.foreverreadyllc.com for more information.    

Jeff Hulett

Originally from Chicago, Jeff moved to Memphis in 1990 not really knowing much about the south. In fact, the first week he lived here he was suspended from school for not saying, "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am." Jeff has since developed a passion for Memphis and especially Memphis music. A member of several bands including Snowglobe and Me & Leah, Jeff works as a communications consultant with many non-profits including Playback Memphis, Church Health, Room in the Inn-Memphis and BLDG Memphis. Jeff lives in the Vollintine Evergreen neighborhood with his wife and two daughters. 
 

Katie Schnack

Katie Schnack is a writer, book publicist and founder of the Memphis Women Writers. Her work has been published on HelloGiggles, ScaryMommy, XOJane and more. Say hello at katieschnack.com and on Twitter @katieschnack.

Andrea Morales

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.

Rachel Warren

Rachel Warren is a freelance writer whose writing has appeared in RSVP Magazine and Focus Magazine in Memphis. She is a sales associate at the Peddler Bike Shop. Rachel likes riding bikes, playing roller derby, watching scary movies and writing about Memphis. 

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. 

Micaela Watts

Micaela Watts is a freelance reporter in her hometown of Memphis and has a focused interest in community reporting. Her work has appeared in The Memphis FlyerChalkbeat Tennessee, and The Daily News

Erica Horton

Born and raised in Memphis, Erica Horton is a freelance journalist that loves to learn and write about almost anything. Email her story ideas here


Tamara Williamson

Tamara is a native Memphian and has a B.A. and M.A. from UT Knoxville. She has previously written guest posts for I Love Memphis blog. 

Emily Rooker

Emily Rooker hails from a small suburb in Michigan and attended college at Berklee College of Music. She is the Director of Community at Cowork Memphis, co-founder of The Lapel Project, active musician and freelance writer. Emily is passionate about community building, social activism, entrepreneurship, and living life like a tourist in Memphis.


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Lance Wiedower

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. 

Kimberly Richardson

Kimberly Richardson is an author and Acquisitions Editor of Dark Oak Press in Memphis. Ms. Richardson is also the 2015 David McCrosky Volunteer Photographer in Residence at Elmwood Cemetery; her photography is represented at IONS: A Geek Gallery in the South Main District of Downtown Memphis. 

J.D. Reager

J.D. Reager is a musician and freelance writer from Memphis, TN.  His second solo album, It's Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This, was released in 2014.  He lives in Midtown with his beautiful wife and two cats.
 

Lauren Berry

Lauren Berry is a junior journalism student at the University of Memphis.  She enjoys writing news and feature stories and was fortunate to sit in as a member of the press at St. Jude’s Michelle Obama press conference this past fall.  This semester she will be studying magazine writing in Florence, Italy at Palazzi, Florence University of the Arts.  



Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner is a native Memphian and journalism graduate student at the University of Memphis. She is passionate about her city and the people who inhabit it. 

Devin Greaney

Devin Greaney is a Memphis-based freelance writer and photographer who has been published in the Memphis DowntownerDeSoto Magazine and others. He works full time as an Emergency Medical Technician and had an extensive knowledge of the history and geography of the MidSouth area.  

Kate Crowder

Kate Crowder is a freelance writer and veteran educator who has taught for over a decade in public schools. The longtime Memphian and mother of three is frequently found on the stage as musician, actor, or director when not filling her role as contributor and Assistant Editor at High Ground News.

Madeline Faber

Madeline Faber is an 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.



Shelley Thomas

A recent public and nonprofit administration graduate, Shelley Thomas, went from a for-profit focus to study and understand more about social responsibility and questions methods of accountability.

Amy Hoyt

Amy Hoyt is High Ground News' Community Engagement Specialist, which suits her love of Memphis and its inhabitants. 



Craig Meek

Craig David Meek is a writer, small business owner and lifelong Memphian. He is the author of the book Memphis Barbecue: A Succulent History of Smoke, Sauce and Soul available from the History Press.

Amy French

Amy French is a Memphis-born freelance writer and communication consultant who got her start as an award-winning journalist for The Huntsville Times in Alabama and The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina.

Elle Perry

A native of Memphis, Elle Perry serves as coordinator of the Teen Appeal, the Scripps Howard city-wide high school newspaper program. 




Richard Murff

Richard has reported from across Latin America, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya and Clarksdale, MS, to name a few places. He has been editor at the Nautilus Publishing and his work has appeared in The Bitter SouthernerThe American SpectatorDelta Magazine, Sail, The Daily News, Oxford Town, and others.

Melissa Farris

Melissa Farris is a local artist and curator.

Anna Mullins

Anna is a local writer, editor and non-profit administrator. She serves as Managing Editor for High Ground and as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the New Memphis Institute. Share feedback and story ideas with her here.

Richard J. Alley

A freelance writer since 2008, Richard’s work has appeared in The Memphis Daily News, Memphis Magazine, Oxford American, The Memphis Flyer, River Times Magazine, Rhodes Magazine, The Commercial Appeal, and MBQ magazine among others, and in syndication through the Associated Press and Scripps Howard News Service. He is the editor of Development News for High Ground. Contact Richard.

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.

Erinn Figg

Erinn is a Memphis-based freelance writer with 11 years of experience as a beat journalist, columnist, editor and freelance writer for a variety of publications. Erinn is also an award-winning PR professional who has worked with local firms archer>malmo and Obsidian Public Relations. Contact Erinn and follow her on Twitter at @allcapsERINN.
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