Flying Kite is Greater Philadelphia's newest publication, a weekly online magazine focused on what's next for the city and its suburbs. We're creating a new narrative about Philadelphia, one that connects our readers with everyone and everything moving the city and entire region forward. We're highlighting the people, ideas, neighborhoods, companies and institutions that are helping return Philadelphia to world-class city status.
With a talented and experienced group of writers, photographers, videographers and editors, Flying Kite will cover the creative thinkers, innovative ideas and developments that are currently defining the future of Philadelphia. Every Tuesday, we'll tell those stories in a new issue packed with multimedia features. You can get Flying Kite free in your e-mailbox each week if you sign up here.
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Publisher: Michelle FreemanWith an ongoing love for her native Philadelphia region, Michelle has been working in marketing and events since she was in high school. Promoting concerts and handling flyer distribution projects as a teen, she eventually headed to Drexel University and received a degree in Corporate Communications while simultaneously working with Jon Herrmann to establish and grow non-profit organization, Campus Philly. She worked in various positions at Campus Philly where she produced Campus Philly College Day (formerly known as Campus Philly Kick-Off) and served as Senior Manager for Events and Media Programs. More recently, Michelle has been operating her own agency, Michelle A. Freeman Marketing & Events. Amongst other things, she implements marketing programs for the City Reps Office, co-produces Philly Swap, and serves as a board member at Young Involved Philadelphia and Spiral Q Puppet Theater. Michelle is now joining the Flying Kite staff as Publisher and can't wait to tell the untold story of Philadelphia to the world!Managing Editor: Lee Stabert
A native Philadelphian, Lee started her journalism career in the alt-weekly world, working as calendar editor at the Nashville Scene while covering bands and blogging about local food. She moved back to her hometown in 2008 to work full-time for the Obama campaign and found herself lured in by walkable streets, hoppy beers and easy access to Citizens Bank Park. She worked as managing editor at Grid magazine, a monthly publication focused on local sustainability issues, and has contributed to the City Paper, Curbed Philly, Magnet magazine and various alt-weeklies across the country. She also knows where to find the city's best tacos. Just ask.Managing Photographer: Michael Persico
Michael is a professional photographer living and working in Philadelphia. He specializes in clean, thoughtful imagery that evokes feeling for, and from, his subjects. When not behind the lens, he's happy spending time maintaining his '66 Honda Motorcycle or making a break to beach for a few good waves on his classic longboard. When pressed to name his artistic inspirations, he cryptically says, "I am inspired by photographers of the past, and motivated by photographers of the present." Michael has shot for New York Magazine, Anthem magazine, Plan B Magazine, Ace Fu Records, Anti Records, Philly Style and the Philadelphia Weekly.Innovation & Job News Editor: Dana Henry
Dana got her start writing for alternative newsweeklies Mountain Xpress and Philadelphia City Paper. Shortly after graduating from University of North Carolina at Asheville, she returned to her native Philadelphia region and went on to help develop Grid Magazine, serving in communications and editorial positions. While contributing to Grid, Dana began a part time career as a catch-all copy writer for local startups. She is passionately curious about sustainability efforts, urban planning, emerging business, and green energy technology. An active collaborator for Handmade Philly, Dana enjoys cooking, getting lost in the city or the woods, making art from nothing and sculpting a collection of fallen-angles, evil gnomes, and brightly colored toys-gone-wrong.
Greg's passion for cities transcends his professional and personal life. Educated as an urban designer and planner, Greg works for a private architectural/design practice in Center City, collaborating on urban design and revitalization solutions for varying communities across the country. In the past few years, he took his professional interests to the blogosphere and started his own website that focused on urban issues. His writings were soon featured on urbanist websites such as the Planetizen, Streetsblog, and Transport Politic among others. He has since landed stints as an editorial contributor and social media liaison with the pro-walkable communities non-profit EveryBodyWalk as well as writer for the Philadelphia Real Estate blog. Greg lives and works in Center City Philly and loves his short walks to work and access to pretty much anything a 20-something needs. But his interest in cities extends beyond his walkable neighborhood confines, as he takes every chance he has to get out and explore urban 'hoods throughout Philly and beyond.
Flying Kite is published by Issue Media Group.
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