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is a weekly e-magazine and website that reports on
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.
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Judith Mansour is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. She came to Cleveland by way of California, where she did her first tour of duty in graduate school in Clinical Psychology. Ultimately, she chose creativity over analysis earning in 2003 a Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing from Cleveland State University. She has worked in social services, academia, and arts/culture in Cleveland for over 20 years. Literature and cooking share equal real estate in her yard of passions, and she believes that both words and food have the power to transform lives: After all, what more could a person want when the mind, body, and spirit are both sated and inspired?
You may remember Douglas Trattner from such local publications as Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Cleveland Free Times. His work as Dining Editor for Scene has twice earned him the crown of "Best Critic in Ohio" by the Society of Professional Journalists. A former attorney with the Franklin County Public Defender's Office in Columbus, Trattner moved back to his native home in 1999, where he quickly transitioned from law to journalism. His writing has appeared in such regional and national publications as Cleveland Magazine, Miami Herald and Wine & Spirits. He is the author of the recently released guide book from Avalon Travel titled Moon Cleveland.
As co-publisher and art director for Balanced Living, a print publication that focused on health, wellness and sustainability,
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."
Development News Editor:
Lee Chilcote is a journalist, essayist and poet whose work has appeared in Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Magazine, Crain's Cleveland Business, and other publications. He earned his Master's in English from Cleveland State University in 2002, and a Master's in Public Administration from CSU's Levin College in 2003. Since 2000, he has also worked in urban real estate development and community development, helping several nonprofits and companies to develop marketing materials and to manage projects. Originally from Cleveland Heights, he lives in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood with his family.
Innovation and Job News Editor:
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.
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