IMG publishes more than 15,000 original content pieces per year through our network of over 800 independent writers, reporters, editors, filmmakers, and photographers.
Our local publications are led by teams of publishers, managing editors, news editors, photographers, and creative talent working together to create compelling feature stories, original investigative journalism, and stunning photography reframes the urban experience in unexpected ways. Most of our contributors are active, engaged members of the community committed to making their cities and regions stronger and more connected.
A selection of just a few of our local leaders:
Lee Chilcote, Editorial Director
Lee Chilcote is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for regional and national publications. His coverage focuses on urban issues such as neighborhood and economic development, arts and education. He has served as Managing Editor of hiVelocity and Development News Editor of Fresh Water Cleveland. His freelance journalism has been published by Think Magazine, Yahoo.com, Agence France Press, Home Energy, JLC, Land and People, Cleveland Magazine, Crain's Cleveland Business, Rust Wire and other publications. He has a Master's degree in English and Creative Writing from Cleveland State University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Economic Development from CSU.
Tracy Certo, Publisher, Pop City
As publisher of Pop City, Tracy has grown one of IMG's earliest publications into a city staple, averaging more than 70,000 monthly readers. She also serves as Pop City's Managing Editor and is a member of CEOs for Cities. Tracy is a passionate advocate for vibrant and sustainable cities, driving change in Pittsburgh through the Social Innovation Exchange, an event series she founded with several partner organizations where actionable ideas are funded through foundation grants. Tracy is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, serves on the boards of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management and Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, and is a member of the German Marshall Fund's Transatlantic Cities committee. Most recently, Tracy was named a Woman of Distinction in 2012 by the Girl Scouts of Western PA for her work in the arts.
Mike Persico, Managing Photographer, Flying Kite
As a photographer with eight years of professional experience, Mike has worked with a number of notable publications including New York Magazine, R/GA, Anthem, Plan B, Ace Fu Records, Wolf + Lamb, Philadelphia Magazine, Philly Style, and Philadelphia Weekly. Persico graduated from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where he expanded his knowledge on editorial and advertising photography. At IMG, Persico leads the photography team and helps shape the company's unique editorial vision.