Authors

Jeff Burlingame

Jeff is a long-time journalist who has won more than a dozen awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including the group’s highest national honor, a Sigma Delta Chi award. Burlingame is also the author of 30 books and is a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee. In February 2012, Burlingame won the prestigious Image Award, placing him in a select company of celebrities to have done so including United States presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as legendary entertainers such as Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson and Bono.

Margo Greenman

Margo Greenman is the digital editor at 425 Business. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in arts, media, and culture, and a certificate in editing. Margo was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. When she's not writing or editing, Margo enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Mike Forbush

Mike Forbush is a graphic designer at 425 Business magazine. A lifelong Michigan resident, Mike relocated to Washington to fill his desire for adventure and a fresh landscape. When he’s not busy eating pizza, he enjoys riding motorcycles, leatherworking, and traveling.

Kirsten Erwin

Kirsten is the lead designer at Premier Media Group and has been with the company since 2011. She supervises the design team in developing concepts, layouts, and look and feel for all three publications. A lifelong magazine fanatic, Kirsten got her start in drawing, printmaking, and handmade books. In her free time she plays violin in a local orchestra and travels whenever she can.

Alex Schloer

Graphic designer Alex Schloer previously was a graphic designer for the University of Washington Tacoma. Schloer is a lifelong Washington resident with a passion for art, design and photography. His work encompasses layout design, photo treatment, illustration, and typography. When he’s not nose-down to the design grindstone, Alex can be found hiking in the wilderness or digging through flea markets and garage sales in search of funky antiques and collectibles.

Rachel Coward

Rachel Coward is the staff photographer and photo editor for 425 Business, 425 Magazine, and South Sound. She graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Her first job was working as a photographer at the Tulsa World newspaper when she was 15, and she hasn't stopped taking pictures since. She has photographed for local magazines in Missouri and Oklahoma, and recently contributed to a feature in National Geographic Traveler. She is thrilled to call the northwest home, and document life and business in the Puget Sound.

Lauren Foster

Lauren Foster is the assistant editor for 425 magazine and a contributing writer for 425 Business. She covers fashion and style news on the Eastside as well as a variety of other subjects. She has won awards for her writing and has interviewed Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane von Furstenberg, and other fashion leaders. One of her favorite things in her closet is a pencil skirt from an old Sarah Palin costume she found in a Halloween box.

Karen Miller

Karen is a staff writer for 425 Business. A born and raised Washingtonian, she left the Evergreen State to study at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Missouri. She previously worked at the Peninsula Gateway, covering news in Gig Harbor. Karen is a sports lover, guitar player, and collector of Art Garfunkel solo LPs.

Joanna Kresge

Joanna Kresge is a staff writer for 425 Business. Originally from the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, Joanna came to Washington in search of new adventures after a five-year career as an Air Force photojournalist. She initially joined 425 Business as an intern while completing her bachelor degree in journalism at the University of Washington. Joanna enjoys reading Janet Evanovich books, eating mint gelato, watching movies from the 1980s, Instagramming, geocaching, exploring the Northwest with her two young children, and advocating for autism awareness and veteran’s rights.

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