About Us

We are sidewalk level, solutions-oriented journalism for Memphis. We are focused on the visionary people, businesses and organizations making changes in our city.

Our signature On The Ground series embeds High Ground journalists in Memphis neighborhoods. OTG neighborhoods are typically under-represented in traditional media. We strive to elevate resident voices and work alongside them whenever possible. We work to help all Memphians better understand the city’s diverse communities and their unique histories, assets and challenges.

Our wider coverage includes entrepreneurs and local business, education, healthcare, housing, livable communities, local and state policy, transportation and more.

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. Prior, 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.

Interim Managing Editor: Sarah Rushakoff
Sarah Rushakoff was raised in Memphis and is a graduate of White Station High School and the University of Memphis. She began writing for High Ground in 2020 and stepped in as Interim Managing Editor in the autumn of 2021. Sarah has a marketing and graphic design background and has been a member of Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe for over 20 years.

Current Writers:
Jim Coleman
Tamara Cunningham
Ashley Davis 
Erinn Figg
Baris Gursakal
Jeff Hulett
Erica Horton
Brandi Hunter
Chris Jones
Brandis Leverette 
Alexandria Moore
Deborah Robertson
Ramona Springfield 
Andrea Valenzuela 
Ashlei Williams

Photography and Video: 
Cat Evans 
Ziggy Mack
Malik Martin
Forever Ready Productions

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.