Linda Raiteri's work has appeared in literary journals as well as publications such as Memphis Business Journal, Downtowner, Memphis Woman, Memphis Flyer, The Daily News, Number: A Quarterly Journal of the Arts, The Commercial Appeal, National Forum: the Phi Kappa Phi Journal, The Columbus Dispatch, and Metalsmith. This month, she takes a close look at the Amachi mentoring program in Memphis. She has gathered experiences in myriad jobs including performing on most of the stages in Memphis as a puppeteer, teacher, social worker, waiter, host and producer of radio and television talk shows, bookseller, massage therapist, astrologer, church secretary, and media relations and special events coordinator for private and nonprofit organizations. A native New Yorker, she has lived mostly in Memphis since the third grade.
John Branston is a weekly columnist/reporter for the Memphis Flyer and the author of the book Rowdy Memphis. He has been a reporter in Tennessee and Mississippi for 27 years. His Fine Print column focuses on local companies and nonprofits. "Financial disclosure is a wonderful thing. It's one of the things that keeps companies and executives honest and accountable to investors and the public. But it doesn't mean much if nobody sees it except the lawyers and bookkeepers who put together the reports" he explains. This month, he takes a close look at First Horizon Bank, and the ups and downs of its former CEO Ken Glass.
Drew Ermenc grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, and followed his future wife to Memphis after earning his masters in journalism from the University of Mississippi. He currently serves as the editor of Memphis Business Quarterly, a sister publication to Memphis, as well as a number of local annual publications including Meet Memphis, Germantown, and Collierville. Ermenc lives in Midtown with his wife, son, and dog, and wrangles recipes for the magazine each month from area chefs.
If there is a face of Memphis magazine, it's certainly that of Murry Keith. He began working with the magazine full time in 1977, was named named art director in 1980, and has garnered more than 20 design awards from the City and Regional Magazine Association. A graduate of White Station High School and the University of Memphis, Keith was the kid in elementary school others would surround to watch draw. These days, as the creative director for Contemporary Media, he oversees the design of all of our publications, and steps over to the editorial side of the magazine this month, taking on editor Mary Helen Tibbs arguing the merits of country life.