About us

PublicSource is the only nonprofit digital-first news organization that lives up to its mission of delivering public-service reporting and analysis in the Pittsburgh region. We are local. We believe in journalism as a public service. We tell stories for a better Pittsburgh.

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*For general inquiries, please email info@publicsource.org.
*Want to send a letter? Our address is 1936 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Our team

Our Board of Directors

James N. Crutchfield, President
Jim is a former newspaper reporter, editor and publisher who started his 50-year journalism career at The Pittsburgh Press and then the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He worked for Knight Ridder newspapers in Akron, Detroit, Long Beach, Calif., and Philadelphia, he was a U.S. senator’s press secretary and retired as president and publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Josie Cellone, Secretary
Josie started as a newspaper reporter with internships at NPR, the Washington Post and the Associated Press. After completing an MBA, she bridged her experience into Heinz’ multimedia marketing before launching an interactive children’s book startup. She now leads PPG Paints customer experience marketing, building on 15 years in digital marketing as a creator of websites, apps, social media strategies and media plans. She was a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review city editor.

Zakarij O. Thomas, Treasurer
Zak is a senior attorney in the financial institutions, restructuring and real estate groups at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. Previously, he was a senior program officer for community development and lending through a partnership between Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC) and Neighborhood Allies. He is a founding board member of The Chuck Cooper Foundation and serves on the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Real Estate Loan Review Committee, Micro-Enterprise Loan Committee and Business Loan Review Committee.

Charles Kelly is a law partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, covering the administration of Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri and the city’s revitalization projects that came to be known as Renaissance II.

F.J. Lucchino is a lawyer and entrepreneur who opened his own firm, has represented startups and other businesses for more than two decades, meeting legal needs including entity formation, financing, strategic partnership, intellectual property licensing, employment and contract and regulatory matters. He briefly was a newspaper reporter before law school.

Maggie Patterson is a professor of journalism at Duquesne University, an author of several books and a former reporter for The Pittsburgh Press.

Mila Sanina, the PublicSource executive director, was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette deputy managing editor whose emphasis was on digital news coverage and special projects. She worked for PBS NewsHour and CNN International. A native of Kazakhstan, she is a 2010 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Her bachelor's in political science and international relations is from the American University in Bulgaria. At 31, she was one the youngest of Pittsburgh Magazine's 40-under-40 honorees in 2017 for her work and in 2018 was one of two recipients of Pitt’s Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership emerging leader award.

LaShawna Russ, a community and social services professional, is the Clairton economic development coordinator at Economic Development South.

Todd Underwood is an engineering director at Google and co-site Lead of the Google Pittsburgh office. He mostly works on machine learning/artificial intelligence and on making many Google services work better.

Guhan Venkatu is a group vice president in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and former vice president and senior regional officer for the Pittsburgh office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Sharon Walsh, the retired founding editor of PublicSource, was an investigative reporter at the Washington Post and the investigative team editor at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. She also was an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Chronicle of Higher Education and a recipient of a Knight-Wallace Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan.