Blog Contributors

  • Matt Carmichael is the editor of He's a seasoned journalist who specializes in population trends and urban issues. Previously he was with Crain Communications where he served in a number of roles including the Senior director of research and data at Crain’s Chicago Business and Director of data strategy at Advertising Age. His work on Ad Age's American Consumer Project was the basis for his first book, Buyographics, published by Ad Age/Palgrave Macmillian. He has been awarded top honors in journalism competitions for content, design and innovative uses of technology. His research has been cited by global media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic. He is a Gen-X, white, non-Hispanic, Midwestern male who heads a household of five in a dense, walkable suburb of Chicago.

  • Mitchell Kline, city editor for, curates and produces content for the website, including stories, photos and videos. He also writes the Top 10 lists. Prior to joining JCI, he worked as a community journalist for 13 years in Middle Tennessee, covering local politics, crime and development. He was part of a team at The Tennessean newspaper which was announced as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a crippling flood in May, 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he played rugby and worked with a team of student filmmakers. Below are some of the recent stories he's written.

  • Lisa Battles, content director for Livability magazines at Journal Communications, works directly with community leaders nationwide to tell their cities' most interesting stories. Her past seven years at JCI builds upon 10 years of previous professional communications experience, which included editorships at two Middle Tennessee community newspapers and public and media relations in national motorsports. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.