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in and around Cleveland. Each week, we 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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Managing Editor: Chris Ball
Chris Ball became managing editor of FreshWater Cleveland in August 2019 after more than 20 years of editing and writing for The Plain Dealer. A graduate of Hawken School and Oberlin College, he previously worked for Crain Communications, the Lorain Morning Journal, The Free Times and The Cleveland Edition. A lover of Frisbee and film, Ball wrote a DVD review column for The PD for 15 years. He won the Press Club of Cleveland award in 2018 for Best Headline Writer in Ohio.
Contributing Editor: Jen Jones Donatelli
As an enthusiastic CLE-vangelist, Jen Jones Donatelli enjoys diving headfirst into her work with FreshWater Cleveland.
Upon moving back to Cleveland after 16 years in Los Angeles, Jen served as FreshWater's
managing editor for two years (2017-2019) and continues her work with the publication as a contributing editor and host of the FreshFaces podcast
Along with her work at FreshWater, she is the newly minted editor-of-chief of Edible Cleveland
and a contributing editor for Destination Cleveland
. When not typing the day away at her laptop, she teaches writing and creativity classes for Creative Groove
, Literary Cleveland
, Cleveland State University
, and more. Jen is a proud graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Managing Photographer: Bob Perkoski
In addition to his work for FreshWater
, Bob Perkoski is the official photographer for Cleveland Burlesque
. His book Rust Belt Burlesque
debuts in July 2019 with co-author Erin O'Brien. His photography is featured in Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology
and was co-founder/art director for Balanced Living magazine (through 2008). His substantial portfolio includes news coverage, portraiture, commercial imagery and fine art. Perkoski's first solo show, These Walks of Life
premiered in December 2016 in Negative Space Gallery. Visit Perkoski Photography
for complete profile information.
Originally from Conneaut, Ohio, Perkoski now calls the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood home. He has been FreshWater's
managing photographer since the publication's September 2010 inception.
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 FreshWater
she enjoys telling the stories of Clevelanders who are shaping and embracing the business and research climate in Cleveland.
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