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About Soapbox

Soapbox tells the new Cincinnati story: a narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, cool places to live and the best places to work and play. The website is updated daily, and the weekly email newsletter is published on Tuesdays. Get Soapbox free in your inbox each week by signing up and clicking on "Subscribe" above.

Soapbox is published by Issue Media Group, whose publications are supported in part by underwriting partnerships with local businesses, institutions, nonprofits and foundations to support and expand coverage of job growth, economic development, real estate, nonprofit innovation, city building and placemaking. Learn more about our underwriting policy here.

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A brief overview of the Soapbox crew:

Co-editors: Caitlin Koenig and Hannah Purnell

Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant with a magazine journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She has written for Soapbox since August 2012, and dived into the editing and social media side of things this summer. She freelances off and on for other publications, including Edible Ohio Valley, with her passion being development, arts and culture and food. She and her husband live in Northside with their fur children: dogs Casper and Norman and cat Wendy.

Hannah Purnell is a lifelong Northern Kentuckian and full-time journalist who graduated with honors in 2005 from NKU’s Political Science program. She has written and edited various local publications and maintains strong ties in community development, government and education. She lives in Bellevue with her husband Josh and their oversized felines, Cheryl and Hank.


Publisher: Patrice Watson
Patrice embarked on a quest to assist businesses and nonprofits to generate ROI on their digital and social media investment by launching consulting firm Raise Your Share in 2010. Her offline career includes almost a decade at Cincinnati Magazine as Publisher, radio account management for 700WLW plus eight professional and college sports networks, audience development for radio and television stations and radio general sales management. The immediacy of radio plus publishing’s editorial and design capacity combined into Soapbox’s weekly online impact, reach and engagement is a serendipitous merger of the media Patrice loves best. She joined Soapbox Media in February 2016 and lives in North Avondale with two adult daughters and two rescued Siamese cats. Follow her on Twitter @patricewatson10.
 
Managing Photographer: Scott Beseler

An award-winning photographer, Scott resides on the river's edge just south of the Roebling Bridge in Covington in what he describes is his New York style dream loft, minus New York. In 2001, he graduated from Indiana University of Bloomington with a Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism. As a freelance photographer for most of his career, Scott considers his photographic influence to be that of the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and writer Hunter S. Thompson. He's thankful for his humble and notable roots in Cincinnati. Contributors of his professional portfolio include CityBeat, The Cincinnati Opera, Jean Robert de Cavel Restaurant Group, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum and The Academy Award Show of 2005. To see more work from the days and nights of Scott, go to TakeTheDay.com.

Soapdish Columnist: Casey Coston
Inveterate Cincinnati kool-aid drinker and resident Soapdish scribbler Casey Coston is a man about town. Prior to moving to Cincinnati, Casey was with the Detroit office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, a Philadelphia-based firm, and was also a regular contributor to Metro Times, a popular weekly newspaper in metropolitan Detroit. He also launched the popular Rubble Rouser series, in which he raised the profile of Detroit's architectural gems while addressing issues related to urban renewal and historic preservation, business development and just about anything else that popped into his head at the moment. A native of Michigan, Casey can also be found DJ-ing around town and modeling his vintage fez collection on rare occasions. His primary goal in life is to eliminate the words "Mapplethorpe" and "chili" from the vocabulary of any out-of-town friends who have never been to Cincinnati.

Chief Advocate & Instigator: Eric Avner
During the day, Eric oversees community development grantmaking for the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation as well as People's Liberty. Prior to that, he was associate director of the Cincinnati Business Committee, that venerable group of CEOs representing Cincinnati's 30 largest employers. And prior to that, while guiding Newport's downtown revitalization, he led the effort to create the Purple People Bridge. Most importantly, Eric spent 16 months meeting, discussing, planning and plotting to get Soapbox Media launched back in 2008. Now, when he and his bowtie aren't out instigating for some way to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Eric keeps busy serving on boards for the Cincinnati Development Fund, ArtWorks and People's Liberty. A boomerang Cincinnatian (he lived here in the late '70s, left, and returned to town in 1996), Eric also takes pride in his dual US/Canadian citizenship ... eh. Eric and his wife reside in bucolic Walnut Hills after several years in a downtown loft.

  



Soapbox is published by Detroit-based Issue Media Group.

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