Michael Sawyer of The Cleveland Sound Contributing Photographer Michael Sawyer
Based in greater Cleveland, print credits include Scene Magazine, Free Times, Alternative Press, People Magazine, The Orlando Sentinal, and The Plain Dealer.
Pete Roche of The Cleveland Sound Contributing Writer Pete Roche
Pete Roche lives in West Park with his wife and two kids. He attended St. Edward High School, majored in English at BGSU, earned a JD/MPA at CSU Cleveland-Marshall College in 2003. His work has appeared in Scene Magazine, The Plain Dealer, Experience Hendrix Magazine, and on He’s a probation officer by day-but an unrepentant music and movie connoisseur by night.
Jef McClellan Contributing Writer Jef McClellan
Jef McClellan is a writer, producer, and musician currently residing in Akron, Ohio. Originally hailing from rural northwest Pennsylvania, Jef attended the University of Akron in 2001 for Jazz Studies. He went on to work with a number of local acts in the Akron area as both guitarist and producer, and can still be spotted haunting local music spots when his day job as a corporate IT trainer permits. You can follow him on Twitter at @rayguninc.
Carissa Russell Contributing Photographer Carissa Russell
Coming from Akron, Carissa has been corporately employed in marketing for the last ten years. You can follow her abandoned place project at Ruined Nation, check her site at, or on social networks like Twitter (@tune) and Instagram (@thanked)
Jason Burchaski Contributing Writer Jason Burchaski
Jason “52″ Burchaski has been a lifelong Cleveland resident. He became well known in the independent Cleveland music and restaurant scene when his first foray in the world of blogging kicked off in 2009 as 52 Weeks of Cleveland hit the internet running. His blog of equal parts reviews and healthy doses of brutal honesty earned him respect and fans across the city. His in your face approach earned just as many enemies as well pulling no punches in some pretty scathing commentary of a city on the mend.
Bob Ignizio of The Cleveland Sound Contributing Writer Bob Ignizio
Bob Ignizio is a musician and freelance writer. Since the early nineties he has written for several NE Ohio fanzines, and from 2002 to 2006 published the webzine/occasional print zine Utter Trash. After that Bob spent a few years writing movie reviews for The Free Times and Cleveland Scene before starting in September of 2010. Bob has also been in several bands. Currently he plays guitar and sings for the band Gimmie Dat Shoe!, and occasionally does a reunion show or two with Horror of ’59.
Amanda Hicken of The Cleveland Sound Contributing Writer Amanda Hicken
Amanda Hicken ‘fled to the Cleve’ in 2007 with her husband Scott and fell in love with it. Before moving to Ohio, she lived in Northern Virginia and Philadelphia, where she graduated from La Salle University in 2004 with an English Lit and Public Relations double major. In addition to being an avid fan of Cleveland, she’s a senior editor at PR Newswire, theatre junkie, and comic book enthusiast. You can find her on Twitter @ADHicken and on her blog Clue Into Cleveland.