Staff

John Greenfield, Editor

sJ6QP-wM_400x400Before joining the Streetsblog team in 2013, John Greenfield and Steven Vance wrote the transportation news website GridChicago.com. John works full-time for Streetsblog Chicago. He previously worked for the Active Transportation Alliance as a consultant to the Chicago Department of Transportation, managing the installation of roughly 3,500 bike parking racks. John also previously served as assistant editor of the Hyde Park Herald, as well as the Chicago edition of Momentum magazine, and was a regular contributor to Time Out Chicago and Newcity magazines. In addition to Streetsblog, he currently writes about transportation for the Chicago Reader weekly newspaper, for whom he created the Mellow Chicago Bike Map, and occasionally contributes to Crain’s Chicago. John has a B.A. in English from the University of Chicago. He lives in the Uptown neighborhood. Follow John on Twitter @greenfieldjohn.

Courtney Cobbs, Assistant Editor

IMG_5775Courtney Cobbs is a passionate visionary for public transportation and biking. She works half-time for Streetsblog Chicago. Courtney believes in the transformative potential of accessible, all-ages cycling infrastructure and spaces for people. Before coming to Streetsblog, she worked as a therapist with survivors of trauma. Courtney holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in Sociology.  Courtney can often be found jamming to tunes on her bike or hula hooping lakeside on the Far North Side. Courtney lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyCyclez.

Steven Vance, Editor-at-Large

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Prior to joining the Streetsblog family in 2013, Steven Vance co-wrote GridChicago.com with John Greenfield. Steven graduated with a Masters in Transportation Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. Currently Steven works a few hours a week for Streetsblog Chicago assisting with editorial decisions and the technical aspects of running the site, and has a full-time job in real estate and planning consulting. He worked for the Chicago Department of Transportation and Active Transportation Alliance as a bicycle parking planner. Steven organized the Cargo Bike Roll Call organization for four years to promote family and utility cycling in Chicago, and created the only public traffic crash map in Illinois. He started Chicago Cityscape, a mapping platform that gives advice to property developers and notifies residents of construction in their neighborhoods. Steven lives in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Follow him on Twitter @stevevance.

Streetsblog Chicago’s roster of regular freelance writers

Amber Drea

Amber Drea - Feb 2019Amber Drea is a freelance writer and mother of a young son with special needs, who covers disability access issues and suburban transportation matters for Streetsblog Chicago. She also has experience covering the beverage alcohol and cannabis industries, as well as writing about music. Amber has contributed to Shankennewsdaily.com, Impact Newsletter, Market Watch, McSweeneys.net, AM New York, Spin.com, Chicago magazine and the Chicago Reader. She lives in west-suburban Wheaton. Learn more Amber at amberdrea.com, and follow her @amberbdrea.

Sharon Hoyer

Sharon Hoyer colorSharon Hoyer is a freelance writer, maker, manager, and avid gardener. She has been writing about arts, culture, and sustainability since moving to Chicago from Detroit in 2001. Sharon worked at the Dill Pickle Food Co-op for ten years, seven of those as general manager, and spent one year as the director of the arts non-profit High Concept Labs. In addition to contributing to Streetsblog, Sharon is the Dance Editor for Newcity magazine. Sharon lives in the Logan Square neighborhood.

 

Imelda March

SBC_ProfilePhotoBefore joining the Streetsblog Chicago team, Imelda March wrote for the Daily Peloton Cycling News. She regularly rides a bike in Chicago for both recreation and work commutes, giving her a front-and-center view of two-wheeled commuting issues. She also has a keen interest in walking- and transit-related mobility issues. Imelda has raced bikes for over eight years, both regionally and nationally, in the track, road, gravel, and criterium disciplines. She also enjoys cross-training via strength training and yoga. When she is not working, she enjoys watching domestic and foreign films, and spicy foods. She lives in the Irving Park neighborhood. Follow Imelda on Twitter @hcram1.

Ariel Parrella-Aureli

Ariel Parrella-color-2020Ariel is a freelance journalist who focuses on arts, culture, accessibility, diversity and transportation, among some other topics. She writes for Block Club Chicago, the Chicago Reader, and Chicago magazine, and has been published in various other local and national sites including the Chicago Tribune, Sojourners, Curbed, Newcity, and more. A native of New Mexico, Ariel became interested in biking five years ago when she moved to Chicago. She is also the editor-in-chief of the hyperlocal news site LoganSquarist, dedicated to Logan Square, and works part-time at WBBM Newsradio as a digital content producer. When she’s not reporting or working in the digital space, she enjoys reading, cooking, playing with dogs, and listening to podcasts. Ariel lives in the Logan Square neighborhood. Follow Ariel on Twitter @arielparrella.

Mia Park

Park_Mia_highrez-7912-WEBMia Park is a multi-dimensional artist powered by hopeful engagement through acting, teaching yoga, producing events, playing music, and volunteering. In additional to her work as a yoga teacher; TV, stage, and film actor; and rock music drummer; Mia is known as the co-host of the beloved all-ages cable access dance show Chic-A-Go-Go. Her writing has appeared in yoga and Asian and Asian-American culture publications. She lives in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood. Learn more about Mia at her website MiaPark.com and follow her at @miaparkmiapark.

James Porter

JamesPorter-editJames Porter is a longtime journalist, radio DJ, musician, and music historian based on Chicago’s South Side. A graduate of Loyola University with a BA in communications, he has long believed that the Windy City has too much to explore to be confined to one area. James’ writings have reflected this, commenting on cultural phenomena from one end of the city to another. In addition to Streetsblog, he currently writes for the Chicago Reader and Rock and Roll Globe, and he has a new book on the history of African Americans in rock music called “Wild in the Streets: Tales From Rock & Roll’s Negro Leagues” coming out on Northwestern University Press. James previously worked at Time Out Chicago magazine and the Chicago Reader newspaper. He lives in the Chatham neighborhood. Follow James on Twitter at @JamesPorterCHI.

Igor Studenkov

EO-y1CCX0AMohM8 (1)Igor Studenkov writes about transit and suburban transportation issues for Streetsblog Chicago. His work has has also appeared in a number of city and suburban publications, including Austin Weekly News, Block Club Chicago, Cook County Chronicle, Gazette Chicago, Palatine Journal, Aurora Beacon-News, and the Niles Herald-Spectator. His journalism has earned him multiple Illinois Press Association awards, and his article about the demise of the Chicago Journal was a basis of a Chicago City Council honorary resolution. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, he traces his love for public transportation to the city’s subway system and its many beautiful stations. Igor enjoys photography, anime, and an eclectic array of books, and he can be found reading his fiction and sad stories about his family at Chicago’s many literary open mics. He lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Follow Igor on twitter at @istudenkov.

David Zegeye

Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 7.09.34 PMDavid Zegeye is an astrophysics graduate student at the University of Chicago. To David, pondering what is beyond our skies is as much connected to understanding the history of our land. As such, David’s focus is on writing about inequalities in Chicago’s transportation system and how transit access supports Black and Brown neighborhoods. He lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Follow David on Twitter @davidzegeye.