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Angie Schmitt:

n775098446_1539054_2627892Angie Schmitt is a writer and activist based in Cleveland. In addition to her work at Rust Wire, she writes for and manages the national sustainable transportation advocacy blog,, a consortium of more than 400 active transportation blogs. In her former life, Angie worked as a newspaper reporter at cities across the state of Ohio, most recently at The Toledo Blade. She received her master’s in urban planning from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.



Kate Giammarise

detroit-371Kate lives in Pittsburgh and helped found Rust Wire with Angie after they were laid off from The Toledo Blade in December 2008.



Sean Posey

2723093320_380101494b_bSean Posey is a freelance photographer currently based out of Youngstown, Ohio. His work covers documentary/photojournalism, commercial, and editorial photography. Sean, a graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a BFA in photography, has spent the last several years covering homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area and the struggle of Rust Belt cities in the Midwest. Sean’s work has appeared in: San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Bonita Daily News, and Theater Bay Area, among others.  Sean is currently working on his Master’s degree and is chronicling the story of Youngstown, Ohio.

Rick Brown

Rick Brown is an urban planner and economic development specialist who lives in Greater Lansing, Michigan. He is an environmental protection and active transportation advocate, as well as an avid bicycle commuter.
Rick created and administers two blogs, Progressive Blogic and Panethos, which are both on WordPress. He has a master’s in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech and his undergraduate degree from Purdue University.



Adam Shuck (Copyeditor Extraordinaire)

Adam Shuck is a freelance translator and full-time office manager for a member of Pittsburgh City Council. A native of western Maryland, Adam studied German and Linguistics at New York University with a semester at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. After serving as office manager for the Associated Press corporate communications department, he left Brooklyn for Pittsburgh in 2010. Adam is a vintage clothing and decor seller and an amateur picture framer. He lives in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his partner Matt, their four cats, and Henry the dog.

Clarke Condé

Clarke Condé is a photographer, writer and native Rochesterian who literally wrote the book on Work in Rochester. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Cultural Geography, has served as Director of the Rochester Building Trades and has been to Jim Kunstler’s house. You can see more of his work at his website-




Ivy Hughes


Ivy Hughes is Lansing, Mich.- based journalist who writes about business, technology and the revitalization of the uppermost portion of the Rust Belt. She contributes to a variety of publications, including Next American City, Entrepreneur and Success. She just finished a political satire about the Michigan legislatures, which she babysat for several years.


Kristina Gandrud

Kristi Gandrud works in Seoul, South Korea, as an editor of a national English-language proficiency test. Her joint interests are theoretical linguistics and international education, and she is a graduate of McGill and Oxford Universities. Her hometown is Erie, PA, and her Chinese zodiac animal is the pig.





Washington, DC Correspondent: Alex M. Parker


Despite his current residence just outside the DC beltway, Alex M. Parker is a born-and-bred Midwesterner. A native of Indianapolis, he attended Oberlin College in Ohio and found himself firmly rooted in the Buckeye State for nearly ten years. As a reporter for the Lorain Morning Journal and the Toledo Blade, he covered crime, the courts, business, government and politics. Through four years of daily newspaper coverage, Parker became intimately familiar with the issues facing the Rust Belt — the auto and steel industries, challenges with the Great Lakes, and the housing crisis. He was twice recognized by the Ohio Associated Press, and the Inland Press Association commended a series of articles he co-authored about the development of freight transportation in northwest Ohio. As a contributor, he focuses on issues in Congress and the federal government which affect the Rust Belt and the Midwest.

Photo Credit:

New York City-based photographer Ross Mantle’s image is used in Rust Wire’s logo. The photo was part of a series called “In the Wake of the American Dream,” which documented life in Pennsylvania’s Mon Valley.

Logo Design:

The Logo design was done by Cleveland celebrity Katie O’Keefe, one of the city’s most dogged, and well-known supporters.

Tech Guru:

Tyler Clark


Tyler Clark is a freelance tech consultant, writer and musician based in Youngstown, Ohio. He runs the blog Youngstown Renaissance, which chronicles efforts to revitalize the city of Youngstown. He is also writes a regular web editorial for the Youngstown Vindicator and is a part-time consultant for the Youngstown Business Incubator.


Tech Consultant:

Josh Ferris


Josh Ferris a graduate of the Public Policy and Management Science program at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.  His research interests include poverty analysis and the role of organized labor in poverty elimination.  He is also active in activism on LGBT issues, economic justice, and international solidarity.




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4 responses to “Contributors

  1. Hello Toledo

    For Immediate Release September 28, 2009

    This Monday morning, groggy commuters heading west on 475 will be greeted by an uplifting banner hanging on the Collingwood Blvd. overpass. It reads “Nurture Peace in our Community.” This action is to remind individuals that we create the kind of world we live in. By nurturing peace in our community through kind thoughts, words and actions and can manifest a more harmonious and authentically loving Toledo.

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  3. The Buffalo Expat Network (BEN) hosts Dan Holland, CEO and Founder of Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh(, on July 23rd in Buffalo to discuss the incredible work his non-profit has done to educate and engage younger generations in Pittsburgh’s preservation discussion.

    More information on the event can be found here:

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