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Staff Writers

Walker Evans

Walker is the founder of ColumbusUnderground.com and co-founder of TheMetropreneur.com along with his wife and business partner Anne Evans. Walker has turned local media from a hobby into a full time career over the past decade and serves on multiple boards and committees throughout the community.

Anne Evans

Anne Evans is the Co-Founder and Director of Operations for The Metropreneur and Columbus Underground. Her regular columns are At Home, focused on living in urban areas and historic homes, At Work, focused on working in urban areas and creative spaces, and Mega Weekend. Anne began the Historical Dinner Club in October 2013, an event benefiting the Columbus Historical Society, for which she is a board member. She also advocates for Columbus City Schools and actively works to improve the elementary school at Hubbard Avenue.

Ayana Wilson

Ayana Wilson is a former staff writer at Columbus Underground who covered local restaurant industry news.

Brent Warren

Brent Warren is a staff contributor to Columbus Underground who writes about urban development, transportation, city planning, neighborhoods, civics and other related topics.

Rebecca Wagner

Rebecca Wagner is a staff writer at Columbus Underground who covers local food and drink news. She's a recent graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Nicholas Herum

Nicholas Herum is a featured contributor who reviews films for Columbus Underground. You can find more of his work at his own website, Movies Hate You Too.

Freelance Writers

Miriam Bowers Abbott

Miriam Bowers Abbott is a freelancer contributor to Columbus Underground who reviews restaurants, writes food-centric featurettes and occasionally pens other community journalism pieces.

Melanie McIntyre

Melanie McIntyre is a featured freelance writer for Columbus Underground who also writes about fashion, style and pop culture on her blog, Thoroughly Modern Melly. Melanie is an Ohio State University graduate, lives in the Short North, and enjoys reading and running.

Hope Madden

Hope Madden is a freelance contributor on Columbus Underground who covers the independent film scene, writes film reviews and previews film events.

Jesse Bethea

Jesse Bethea is a freelance writer at Columbus Underground covering local government and civics. He is a graduate from Ohio University, a native of Fairfax, Virginia and a fan of movies, politics and baseball.

Lisa Much

Lisa Much is a recent transplant to Columbus as of June. She comes from Chicago having freelanced as a stage manager and prop designer. She holds a BA in Sustainable Theater from Green Mountain College in Vermont.

Halie Williams

Halie Williams is currently attending the Ohio State University and working towards a bachelors in Journalism. Born and raised in Columbus. Lover of books, classic rock and sports. Positive outlook enthusiast. Aspiring writer and drummer.

Richard Sanford

Richard Sanford is a freelance contributor to Columbus Underground covering the city's vibrant theatre scene. You can find him seeking inspiration at a variety of bars, concert halls, performance spaces, museums and galleries.

Community Contributors

Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,000 individuals, families, and businesses, who have created unique funds to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Serving the region for nearly 70 years, The Columbus Foundation is the seventh largest community foundation in the world. PowerPhilanthropy®, the Foundation’s online giving resource, makes it easy for donors and the community to be informed and access valuable information about central Ohio nonprofits. For more information, visit www.columbusfoundation.org or call 614/251-4000.

Jeff Regensburger

Jeff Regensburger is a painter, librarian, and drummer in the rock combo The Christopher Rendition. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) from The Ohio State University in 1990 and an Master’s Degree in Library Science from Kent State University in 1997. Jeff blogs sporadically (OnSummit.blogspot.com), tweets occasionally (@jeffrey_r), and paints as time allows.

Doug Motz

Doug Motz is the Past President of The Columbus Historical Society and a life-long resident of Franklin County. He is the co-author of the upcoming History Press Title: Kahiki Supper Club A Polynesian Paradise In Columbus. He leads history tours for CHS and has also led them for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. A frequent speaker on the history of Columbus, Doug is also a member of the City of Columbus Historical Resources Commission working group. He lives in the Old Oaks Historic District with his partner Todd Popp.

Chris Landauer

Chris is a community contributor to Columbus Underground who writes about sports and comedy. Chris works with students with special needs as a Transition Coordinator. In addition, he is a doctoral student at Ohio State with a focus on Global Education.

Nancy Alkire has practiced yoga off and on since WOSU broadcast Lilias, Yoga and You in the 1970’s. She has attended classes with Charlotte Bell, Bryan Kest and Kino MacGregor. Since turning 50, she has become much more interested in fitness and often calls on the expertise of athletic trainer, Jennifer Schiff, and Daniel Snider (almost a) PhD in physical therapy. “I am open to polite suggestions for other yoga or fitness experiences. I love documenting and sharing.” Get in touch with her by email.

Jason Parks

Jason Parks contributes content for Columbus Underground on the Blue Jackets. He is the Owner of The Media Captain, a search engine marketing, and social media company. Parks has a strong passion for digital media and marketing.

Kathleen Tozzi

Kathleen is the Store Team Leader at Whole Foods Market Dublin, OH. She has been in the business of making sure everyone has enough to eat since she was 13, working in her family’s restaurant in Magnolia, OH. She then attended culinary school at Johnson and Wales University and in 2004, found her home with Whole Foods Market. When not at the store, she travels in search of interesting and delicious things to eat and attempts to run half marathons to keep it all in balance. Kathleen is always inspired by a bit of ripe camembert, smeared on a crusty whole grain baguette and drizzled in honey just stolen from the bees.

Sara Gaul

Sara Gaul is a community contributor at Columbus Underground. She grew up in Westerville and is graduate of Bowling Green. She works in PR and Event Marketing and is a resident of Italian Village. Sara loves traveling, fitness and red wine.

Tyler Clementi

An OSU student, Tyler interns for "Craft: Exploring Creativity," which airs on WCBE 90.5 FM Wednesdays at 8 pm. Like the show at facebook.com/crafttheshow.

Bridget Belfield

As an East Coast native (and Penn State graduate), Bridget is transplant to Columbus but has quickly fallen for the Midwest charm of Ohio’s capital city over the past two years. In addition to freelancing for local blogs and publications, Bridget works as a Social Engagement Manager at Moxie, a full-service digital agency located in the Arena District. When she’s not at work, Bridget enjoys catching up on her on-going book list, running along the Scioto River and catching shows at the local theaters. Bridget also serves as a board member for Columbus Sole, a running group with the residents of the downtown YMCA.

Reese Neader

Reese Neader is the founder and CEO of Forge Columbus, the civic innovation program for the City of Columbus. A native of Central Ohio, Reese recently returned from living in Brooklyn and Washington, DC where he served as policy director of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, supporting grassroots projects across the country and building partnerships with Congressional offices, national foundations, and the White House. In 2011, he traveled to Egypt on a U.S. State Department mission to train youth opposition leaders and in 2012, served as youth vote director for the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania. He moved to Columbus in May 2013 to launch Forge Columbus and is a proud resident of Olde Towne East.

Aimee Price

Aimee is an RRCA certified running coach from Delaware, OH and is the Capital City Half and Quarter Marathon coach. She lives on a farm with her husband John and their two dogs Tucker and Bosko. She works at Ohio State University as a Senior Research Associate for the Institute for Materials Research in semiconductor electronics fabrication. Originally a soccer player and equestrian from Bucks County, Pennsylvania Aimee now calls Ohio home and loves running and coaching for Cap City and Marathoner in Training. She loves coaching endurance athletes, especially first time half and full marathoners. She believes that every run is part of the journey and the race is just the icing on the cake! She has completed 11 full marathons, 2 Ironman triathlons, and over 15 half marathons.

David Staley

David Staley is president of Columbus Futurists and a professor of history and design at The Ohio State University. You have also seen him co-hosting TEDxColumbus.

Shelley Mann

Shelley Mann is the executive director of Dine Originals Columbus, a nonprofit group that celebrates, supports and promotes independently owned restaurants in Central Ohio. She's also the founder of Umami Consulting, a company that provides marketing and public relations support for local, independent restaurants in Columbus.

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes is a writer and speaker courageously communicating her truth. She openly shares living with depression, life as a single mother, and other challenges to encourage and inspire others. Stephanie writes for The Huffington Post, The Shriver Report, MariaShriver.com and other online publications. She is also an Ambassador for Ascend at The Aspen Institute. In October 2013, Stephanie talked about how she learned to openly embrace the hard and difficult places in life at TedxColumbus. Follow Stephanie on Twitter @srmhughes.

Intern Writers

Briana Henry

Briana is an intern writer at Columbus Underground who writes concert and live music reviews and previews, local band spotlights, album reviews, and other featurettes related to the local music scene.

Cassandra Zahran

Cassandra Zahran has music playing in her head all day, every day. She thoroughly enjoys dancing, climbing, her persian cat and the city of Columbus. She feels that music in every medium is incredible, and she loves to experience as much of it as she possibly can.

Nen Lin Soo

Nen Lin Soo is a student at The Ohio State University with a journalism major. Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nen Lin now calls Columbus her second home. She loves exploring the city, attending music shows, and eating all things potato to her heart’s content. Meeting new people, speaking with unique personalities, and giving them a voice is what she looks forward to everyday.

Jenna TayLor

Jenna Taylor is a current undergrad student at The Ohio State University completing her B.A in Communications. She specializes in cultural reporting, specifically on topics such as food & wine, music, and the arts. In her downtime she enjoys working on her food blog, venturing through the city of Columbus, and traveling.

Audrey Bonfig

Audrey is an intern writer at Columbus Underground who writes about fashion trends, events, and boutiques local to the Columbus area. She is as an Ohio State graduate and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in journalism at Ohio University. In her spare time, she blogs about everything from fashion to horror movies on her blog The Renaissance Chick.

Sally Xia

Sally Wenxin Xia is a multimedia journalist, adventurer and elephant lover. Originally from Shenzhen, China, Sally just graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism. She loves discovering and telling stories about people, and their interaction with the community. In her spare time, Sally loves going to concerts and playing basketball.

Emma Surber

Emma Surber is an intern staff writer at Columbus Underground. She writes about urban development, civics, and personal interest stories. Emma is currently a senior at The Ohio State University and plans to graduate in August.

Briana Ekanem

Briana is currently a student in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She calls Columbus home and has a love for the city. Passionate about sports, food, and fashion, Briana is always eager to learn and to meet new people.


Matt Ellis

Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who cover bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found at Matt Ellis Photography.

Mollie Lyman

Want to join us?

We post open positions for staff writers and internships on our JOBS page. If you're interested in becoming a community contributor about a topic you're passionate about, send us an email to info@columbusunderground.com.