AmyJo Brown’s excitement for city and county budgets, committee meetings and dusty shelves of public records is matched only by her happiness in the day’s first cup of coffee. An investigative reporter and editor who specializes in covering local governments, AmyJo’s 15-year career in journalism has included work in communities ranging from the cowboy country of eastern Oregon to those deep in the Southern Delta of Arkansas. But hers is not a traditional story. Passionate about the future of the industry and keeping the newsroom lights on, AmyJo has also channeled her reporting skills into design and entrepreneurial work — creating content strategies and revenue plans for data and digital properties and bridging the worlds between the newsroom and its business side.
A versatile reporter and editor for more than a decade before becoming a software engineer, Jacob Quinn Sanders is just as comfortable getting secret financial documents in a fast-food parking lot in the middle of the desert as he is writing code in the service of booze availability and campaign-finance transparency. East Coast, West Coast, the South -- all have been home at one time or another. Based in Pittsburgh since 2010, he reimagined crucial workflows and content strategies at the region's largest news operation as prelude to a jump into tech, writing software relied on during statewide emergencies. His experience in journalism, product and technology helps shape the work produced by WSM.
Larissa Theodore Dudkiewicz is a freelance journalist and editor. She previously worked as a digital editor for AOL's Patch.com, community news reporter for the Beaver County Times, and as a news reporter at the Herald in Sharon, Pa., covering local government. She holds a bachelor's degree in professional writing and editing from Youngstown State University, where she minored in American Studies. She has earned several awards for writing, including a national award as Religion Reporter of the Year, state awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and was recognized as a regional finalist by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Golden Quill Awards.
Lindsay Quinter is a designer and strategist at the design consultancy, ThoughtForm. She works with leaders of organizations — small nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies — to transform messy ideas into well-ordered, beautiful solutions. Lindsay is especially interested in merging strategic and analytical thinking with beautiful expression. She is a board member for the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA); she has also taught at La Roche College and is currently an adjunct professor of design at Point Park University. Lindsay graduated from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning in 2010. She worked for the city of Cincinnati's urban design team and as an independent illustrator for F+W Media before moving to Pittsburgh and joining ThoughtForm in 2011.