About FreshWater

FreshWater is a daily e-magazine and website that reports on What's Next 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.
FreshWater is published by FreshWater Media, LLC. Our publications are supported in part by underwriting partnerships with local businesses, institutions, nonprofits, and foundations to support and expand coverage of arts and culture, job growth, economic development, changemakers, real estate, non-profit innovation, and placemaking. 

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Managing Editor and Co-Owner: Karin Connelly Rice

Karin Connelly enjoys telling people's stories, whether it's a successful business or one's life passion. She has written for FreshWater for 13 years, and just recently acquired the publication with Bob Perkoski. She has spent more than 25 years reporting on the business community and interesting people doing interesting work in Northeast Ohio 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. 

Managing Photographer and Co-Owner: Bob Perkoski

In addition to his work for FreshWater, Bob Perkoski is the official photographer for LAND Studio and Holden Forests & Gardens. He also works freelance with many Northeast Ohio orginizations such as The Cleveland Foundation, Playhouse Square, MetroHealth, Medical Mutual, Canalway Partners, to name a few. 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. His book Rust Belt Burlesque debuted in July 2019 with co-author Erin O'Brien. 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 Cleveland home. He has been FreshWater's managing photographer since the publication's September 2010 inception and acquired the publication in 2023 with Karin Connelly Rice.

Senior Contributing Editor: Dougls J. Guth
Douglas J. Guth is a Cleveland Heights-based freelance writer and journalist. In addition to FreshWater, his work has been published by Midwest Energy News, Kaleidoscope Magazine and Think, the alumni publication of Case Western Reserve University. A die-hard Cleveland sports fan, he also writes for the cynically named (yet humorously written) blog Cleveland Sports Torture. At FreshWater, he contributes regularly to the news and features departments, as well as works on regular sponsored series features. 

Special Projects Editor: Brandon Baker
Brandon Baker is a freelance journalist who has contributed to Freshwater Cleveland since 2014. His work has been featured by Scene, The News-Herald, Patch, EcoWatch, and more. By day, he is a full-time research consultant with Burges & Burges Strategists, where he provides communications, messaging, strategic and research support for various public, private, and nonprofit entities in Ohio. In the fall, he enjoys working for the Cleveland Browns Scoreboard Operations team at FirstEnergy Stadium. Brandon is a graduate of The Ohio State University and enjoys traveling, exercising, the arts, volunteering, and spending time with family. At FreshWater, he is currently overseeing the Community Development Connections series.

Special Projects Editor: Rhonda Crowder
Rhonda Crowder worked as a general assignment reporter for the Call and Post Newspaper for 11 years and has served as associate publisher of "Who's Who in Black Cleveland" since 2013. She currently runs a creative services agency, is VP of print for the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists, and coordinates Hough Reads literacy initiative. Her debut novel is titled "Riddles." At FreshWater, she leads the Black Environmental Leaders' series on Environmental Justice.

Special Projects Editor: Linda Feagler

Contributing Editor: Marc Lefkowitz
Marc Lefkowitz is a sustainability consultant with more than 15 years of experience writing, speaking and advocating for a more sustainable Northeast Ohio. He served as Director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute and editor of its well-known blog at gcbl.org. He has a B.A. in English from Ohio State University and an M.A. in urban planning from Cleveland State University. He is a regular bike commuter and transit rider. At FreshWater, Marc contributes regularly to news and feature stories, as well as leads the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture series. 

Contributing Editor: Tom Matowitz
Recently retired after a 37-year career teaching public speaking, Tom Matowitz has had a lifelong interest in local and regional history. Working as a freelance author for the past 20 years he has written a number of books and articles about Cleveland’s past. He has a particular interest in the area’s rich architectural history.  At FreshWater, he creates the popular Cleveland Masterworks series. 

Contributing Editor: Grant Segall
Grant Segall is a national-prizewinning journalist who spent 44 years at daily papers, mostly The Plain Dealer. He has freelanced for The Washington Post, Oxford University Press, Time, The Daily Beast, and many other outlets.

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