Here I've curated some of the writing I have done for clients and for the web.
Give Thanks, Live Thanks: The 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge and End-of-Year Campaign
In support of the end-of-year fundraising campaign for Open Hand Ministries (OHM), I wrote two reported stories about families that OHM has helped to become first-time homeowners in the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of East Liberty and Garfield. The 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge and End of Year Campaign, which had a fundraising goal of $16,000, used OHM's social media platforms to share a meditation, question, or story about gratitude during the month of Thanksgiving. Each Tuesday the Gratitude Challenge featured "A Story of Gratitude" about community members who have benefitted from the organization's housing- and social-justice work. The two stories I contributed--which can be found on OHM's website here and here--highlight the role Open Hand Ministries has played in these families' successful journeys and emphasizes how OHM performs vital community-building work in Pittsburgh's multi-racial, multicultural East End.
The Metropole, The Blog of the Urban History Association
As co-editor of The Metropole, I regularly contribute pieces on topics of interest to urban historians. I have published interviews, like the one I did with Prof. Holly Tucker about her new book on pre-enlightenment policing in Paris; pop culture analyses, including a look at Honolulu through the lens of a recent popular memoir and a reflection on New Orleans through the music videos and performances of Beyoncé; a quirky post about how I prepared for a trip to Mexico City; and a reported article on the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the election of Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes. I also coordinate and edit the weekly Member of the Week series and the recurring Friday ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) series.
Commissioned Institutional History: 100 Years of the YM-YWHA of Washington Heights And Inwood
For the 100th anniversary of this Jewish Community Center, I wrote a 22-page narrative history of the institution for its use in marketing, fundraising, and commemorative materials.
Press Release for Bystander Intervention Training hosted by Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh and CAIR Pittsburgh in partnership with Union Project
I wrote a press release to publicize an event coordinated by three organizational partners committed to bridging cultures--Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh, CAIR Pittsburgh, and Union Project--and pitched it to local print, online, radio, and television media outlets.