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About Fresh Water

Fresh Water is a weekly e-magazine and website that reports on What's Next in and around Cleveland. Each week, we'll offer up a fresh wave of stories covering Northeast Ohio's most creative people, businesses, organizations, and neighborhood developments. Our focus areas include technology, innovation, diversity, local food, and entrepreneurship. We speak to creative, highly mobile and curious people who are interested in where the growing companies are, where innovation is taking place, and where unique neighborhood transformations are taking root.
Fresh Water 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.

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Publisher: Fran DiDonato
Prior to accepting the position as Publisher, Fran DiDonato had several years experience helping to develop new organizations and programs. Fran most recently acted as Interim Executive Director to the Cleveland Water Alliance, where she was hired to start the organization from the ground up. She worked as a consultant on the Global Cleveland initiative and helped develop the organization and its programs for the launch in May of 2011. She is a graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders, Class of 2008. She was named a Mover & Shaker in 2012 by the Cleveland 20/30 Club. DiDonato and her family live in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland.

Managing Editor: Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien's eclectic features and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and others. The sixth generation northeast Ohioan has been with Fresh Water since its fall 2010 inception. Visit her homepage for complete profile information.

Managing Photographer: Bob Perkoski

As co-publisher and art director for Balanced Living, a print publication that focused on health, wellness and sustainability, Bob Perkoski developed the look, feel and content of the magazine. His compelling layouts, designs and photography played an integral part in the publication's success, leading to its eventual sale in 2008. Originally from Conneaut, Ohio, Perkoski prefers the "big city," having lived here for the past 12 years. "With its great architecture and culture," he says, "the city has a lot to offer visually. There's a photograph around every corner if you open your eyes and mind to it."

Senior News Editor: Karin Connelly

Karin Connelly enjoys telling people's stories, whether it's a successful business or one's life passion. She has spent 15 years reporting on the business community in Cleveland for publications such as Inside Business magazine, Cleveland Magazine and Lake Erie Living. She was editor of the Rocky River and Lakewood edition of In the Neighborhood and was a general assignment reporter and photographer for the Amherst News-Times in Lorain County. At Fresh Water she enjoys telling the stories of Clevelanders who are shaping and embracing the business and research climate in Cleveland.


Fresh Water is published by Issue Media Group.


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