Columbus Underground is an award-winning, online news publication based in Columbus, Ohio.
We are a hyper-local, community-driven, new media enterprise that creates unique exclusive content, and provides connections to our community. We tell the stories of Columbus by showcasing the best reasons why it is great to live here and why you should build your life here.
Columbus Underground launched in November 2001 when Walker and Anne Evans recognized the city did not have an adequate online resource to represent all of the great events that were happening here. It quickly grew to be the place to find out about dj events, talk about upcoming events and for djs to connect with venues in the Columbus nightlife scene. In 2005, they registered it as a business. In July 2007, Walker made the jump to full-time and in April of 2010, Anne came onboard full-time. Today we are a team of journalists, sales professionals, and event coordinators that produce award winning articles and cultural events for the city.
Join us in September for the Columbus Coffee Festival! Other annual events we produce are the Sweet Treats Dessert Festival in February, the Urban Living Tour in May, and Aspire in September.
Columbus Underground has always been configured as a community-driven resource. As a result, as our community of readers has continued to grow, so have the topics of discussion and focus areas. Columbus Underground has expanded during the past decade to cover local news of all kinds including development, restaurants, politics, civic issues, transit, lifestyles, and a wide range of general interest topics. Today, Columbus Underground provides locals and visitors with an online resource where they can find and share information related to entertainment, dining, music and more.
Columbus Underground is headquartered in Downtown Columbus at 11 E. Gay Street, Suite 300. Contact us here. Follow us on Twitter here. Like us on Facebook here. We also send newsletters throughout the week. If you'd like to sign up for our mailing list, click here.
Read about Columbus Underground in the press:
"Q&A: Walker Evans of Columbus Underground," Columbia Journalism Review, May 12, 2011
"Columbus Underground Entertainment and events coverage with a civic bent," Columbia Journalism Review, April 25, 2011
"Columbus Web Site Part Of Downtown Revitalization," NBC4i, January 15, 2010
"Behind the Scenes with ColumbusUnderground.com," AllSides with Ann Fisher, December 28, 2009
"ColumbusUnderground.com Relocating to New Office Space Downtown on Gay Street," Columbus Underground Press Release, December 12, 2009
"Alive People to Watch: Big Thinker: Walker Evans," Columbus Alive!, July 17, 2008.
About the Co-Founders
Walker has been a leader in the Columbus business community for over a decade, serving on a multitude of boards throughout the city and developing community serving events. As a co-founder of Columbus Underground, he has been a driving force for big picture ideas for the city and developing new ways to connect them to our city's residents. Walker conceptualized the Moonlight and Sunlight Markets for the Gay Street Collaborative and is currently developing a popup retail space for downtown.
Anne's passion is creating opportunities for others and she has done this for the city through Columbus Underground and through her volunteer work. As a co-founder of Columbus Underground in 2001, she has been connecting residents of our city with everything they need to build a life here through storytelling, cultural events, and informative news. For the Columbus Historical Society, she founded the Historical Dinner Club to create a new connection to our city's history. For her kids' elementary school, she founded the Hubbard Lantern Festival to connect kids to the culture they were learning through Mandarin Chinese and to create a community event to showcase the school to the Short North and surrounding neighborhoods. She has started and grown businesses, created experiences, and forged community partnerships, all while raising two kids in the inner city and restoring an old home in the King-Lincoln District.
"We'd like to thank the Columbus community for embracing Columbus Underground. We are truly grateful for all of the support from our readers and from the business community. We have met so many fantastic people and made many wonderful friends through Columbus Underground. Thank you so much, and we hope you enjoy your time here!" -Walker and Anne
Columbus Ohio is the 15th largest city in the United States, the largest city in Ohio (as well as the capital) and home to a region of nearly two million people. Despite being in located in the "Midwest" we're actually geographically closer to the East Coast. While many of our neighboring cities are classified as being in the "Rust Belt," we don't share their heavily industrial past. Columbus is a bit of anomaly in Ohio, and many who have never visited are unaware that we're mostly a white-collar, highly-educated, youthful, vibrant, open-minded and diverse city.
Visit ColumbusUnderground.com's sister site, TheMetropreneur.com. Launched in August 2010, TheMetropreneur.com is a local online resource devoted to small business development and entrepreneurship. Its aim is to tell the stories of Central Ohio's business community, foster regional economic development and assist entrepreneurs with its resource-heavy focus.