Jeffrey Benzing

Jeff has been serving as assistant editor for PublicSource since October 2018, helping to guide coverage across the newsroom and overseeing economic development coverage for Develop PGH. Jeff previously covered public safety for PublicSource, reporting on gun violence, police technology and unsolved homicides. His work has been recognized by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Keystone Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. Prior to joining PublicSource in 2014, Jeff covered the U.S. Department of Justice, with an emphasis on prosecutions of white-collar crime. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 2011 and, prior to that, began his journalism career in his home state of Texas, reporting on community issues in the Hill Country and covering high school sports in small towns outside of Austin.

Jourdan Hicks

Jourdan is a senior community correspondent at PublicSource. Previously, Jourdan was engaged as a community-based educator in the Hazelwood section of the city. A lifelong Pittsburgh resident, she’s received formal training and degrees from both Penn State and Duquesne University (B.A Communications Arts & Sciences, M.S.Ed Educational Studies). In addition to her community correspondent work with PublicSource, Jourdan cultivates ideas as a freelance media-communications and education adviser. In her leisure, Jourdan enjoys traveling, discovering new music and watching (mostly critiquing) contemporary film. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Herself. More by Jourdan Hicks

Chris Hedlin

Chris Hedlin is a reporter for PublicSource focusing on religion. She comes to PublicSource through the American Council of Learned Societies’ Leading Edge Fellowship program, which pairs scholars of religion with nonprofit organizations serving public needs. Chris enjoys studying complex issues at the local level and translating that research into compelling stories. As a specialist in the history of US religions and literature, Chris is attuned to the unprecedented threats facing organized religion in the era of COVID-19. She recognizes how, with houses of worship emptied and budgets stretched thin, religious communities must take new forms to survive. She is also invested in the beat for personal reasons: as the daughter of a minister, she has witnessed firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing today’s religious organizations—the calls to stretch, sacrifice, innovate, and save.

Chris received her PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her BA in English and Spanish from Augustana College in Illinois. Prior to coming to PublicSource, Chris taught and researched at Azusa Pacific University in California and Valparaiso University in Indiana. More by Chris Hedlin

TyLisa C. Johnson

TyLisa C. Johnson is the Audience Engagement Editor at PublicSource. She’s passionate about telling compelling human stories that intersect with complex issues affecting marginalized groups. Before joining PublicSource, she wrote stories about a range of issues from poverty and hunger to crime and public libraries at publications around the country, including The Dallas Morning News, Tampa Bay Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has freelanced for publications including Business Insider and The Points Guy. She’s a proud 2017 graduate of Florida A&M University, and can often be found planning a trip somewhere new or crocheting a scarf. Pronouns: She/her More by TyLisa C. Johnson

Jennie Liska

Jennie is PublicSource’s director of revenue and operations. She builds corporate and community relationships to support the growth of PublicSource. She previously spent 13 years working for Accenture in management and technology consulting, implementing large corporate changes and communicating across organizations. She also served on PublicSource’s Board of Directors from 2016 to 2018. Jennie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College. More by Jennie Liska

Ryan Loew

Ryan is a PublicSource visual producer/storyteller. He joined PublicSource after being a freelance producer of news features and documentary stories in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. His work appeared on PBS NewsHour, WQED and Keystone Crossroads, among other news organizations. Prior to that, Ryan served as multimedia editor at 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR member station. Before moving to Pittsburgh, he worked as a multimedia producer for The Roanoke Times in Virginia. His journalism career started in Michigan, where he was covering breaking news as a mobile journalist at the Lansing State Journal. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Ryan studied journalism at Kent State University. Ryan’s primary interest is in how individuals’ stories can shed light on complex news topics, social issues and communities. He believes visual journalism is a powerful way to tell such stories. More by Ryan Loew

Rich Lord

Rich is a reporter and assistant editor at PublicSource. He joined the team in 2020. He reported for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2005 through early 2020, leading projects on child poverty, the opioid epidemic, communities with concentrations of people accessing mental health services, and the federal use of confidential informants. He has covered the federal court and city government beats, and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting, for reporting on the Tree of Life massacre. Rich has also worked for the Pittsburgh City Paper and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He wrote a 2004 book about the subprime mortgage industry, called “American Nightmare: Predatory Lending and the Foreclosure of the American Dream.” His first journalistic foray was a column on the challenge of finding vegetarian food in Pittsburgh restaurants, published in 1994. Rich graduated from George Washington University, and he and his family can often be found on Western Pennsylvania bike trails. More by Rich Lord

Linden Markley

Linden Markley is a fact-checking intern. She is an undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University triple-majoring in journalism, Spanish language and comparative literature. She is a member of the Lion Ambassadors, an organization based on service for the Penn State community. Her career interests include bilingual work in international journalism, with beats in culture and current events.

Oliver Morrison

Oliver reports on K-12 education for PublicSource. Before becoming a journalist, Oliver taught English and drama in the Arkansas Delta for seven years. He has previously written education features in New York, Memphis, Kansas and for PublicSource. Oliver previously wrote about environment and health issues for PublicSource and, before that, served as an enterprise reporter for the Wichita Eagle. He is a graduate of Deep Springs College, the University of Oxford and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He can be reached on Twitter @ORMorrison. More by Oliver Morrison

Kaycee Orwig

Kaycee began as a photo intern for PublicSource in September. She is in her final year at the University of Pittsburgh and will graduate the Film and Media Studies program in the spring. Kaycee is also interning for Pitt Athletics and freelancing for the New Castle News and ESPN. Previously, she has done work for The Pitt News, The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Pittsburgh City Paper. In her spare time, she trains for half and full marathons. Kaycee hopes to continue her career in sports and photojournalism after college. More by Kaycee Orwig

Alyia Paulding

Alyia is PublicSource’s membership and development coordinator. She works to establish and support relationships with PublicSource’s membership and funders. She has 14 years of experience helping local and national nonprofits communicate their mission, build their audience and strategize to reach their goals. A native Pittsburgher, she holds an associate’s degree in social science from the Community College of Allegheny County.

Elizabeth Prall

Elizabeth Prall is a PublicSource editorial and engagement intern. She is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, double majoring in creative writing and public and professional writing. With a unique combination of experiences including a congressional internship in Washington D.C. and comedy writing classes at The Second City and The iO Theater in Chicago, she hopes to utilize those experiences to tell compelling stories about the people of Pittsburgh. Elizabeth enjoys writing about social justice and public policy and is passionate about the effects of mental health issues on the community. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to attend law school.

Mila Sanina

Mila Sanina is the executive director of PublicSource. Previously, she was the deputy managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she led innovation in storytelling and integration of print and online operations. Before joining the Post-Gazette, Mila worked at The PBS Newshour and CNN International. Mila is originally from Almaty, Kazakhstan, but Pittsburgh owns her heart. She has a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Halle Stockton

Halle has served as managing editor for PublicSource since 2015, leading the newsroom and its editorial strategy. Prior to this role, Halle was a reporter for PublicSource for three years and for the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune for four years. Halle has won several awards for her journalism; most notably, she was named a 2016 finalist for the prestigious Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and earned a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2015. In 2017, the Institute for Nonprofit News selected Halle as one of 10 Emerging Leaders in U.S. nonprofit journalism. She is a graduate of the Leadership Development Initiative program in Pittsburgh and an alumna of the American Council on Germany’s Young Leaders program. The Erie, Pa., native is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she spent most of her time working at The Daily Collegian. Some of her favorite activities include fishing and camping with her husband, cuddling with her standard schnauzer, Dexter, and watching Star Trek. Contact Halle with story tips and ideas as well as questions or concerns. More by Halle Stockton

Natasha Vicens

Natasha is PublicSource’s creative director. She runs the organizations visuals team, edits and produces interactive graphics, data visualizations and web packages for PublicSource. She manages the website and works with PublicSource’s team of reporters, editors, videographers, photographers and freelancers to make stories more engaging for readers. She previously worked as PublicSource’s environmental reporter for three years. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she graduated with a master’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix where she specialized in multimedia coverage of border issues and politics.

Amelia Winger

Amelia Winger is an editorial intern. She is a senior at Temple University, studying journalism and political science. Outside of PublicSource, she’s an editorial fellow for News Catalyst, a technology intern for the Tiny News Collective and the digital managing editor of The Temple News. More by Amelia Winger

Charlie Wolfson

Charlie Wolfson is an enterprise reporter for PublicSource, focusing on local government accountability in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. He is also a Report for America corps member. Charlie aims to focus stories on how they impact residents rather than on party politics. Previously, Charlie worked at the Boston Globe, first as a student co-op and then as a sports and metro correspondent. Prior to joining PublicSource as a full-time reporter, he covered issues surrounding election law and voting access throughout the 2020 election cycle as a freelance reporter for PublicSource. He graduated in 2020 with a degree in journalism and political science from Northeastern University. More by Charlie Wolfson