Our Editorial & SEO Teams

Brooke Becher

Staff Reporter

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Brooke Becher is a Built In staff reporter covering fintech and blockchain technologies, including crypto and Web3. Based out of Los Angeles, she’s been writing culture features and reporting local news since 2014. Past works are featured in LA Weekly, The Orange County Register, GOOD Magazine, Long Beach Press Telegram, California Business Journal and Los Angeles Magazine.

Lisa Bertagnoli

Senior Staff Reporter

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Lisa Bertagnoli joined Built In in February of 2021. She previously covered nonprofits and philanthropy as a staff reporter at Crain’s Chicago Business. Her work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago magazine, AARP Bulletin, Self and Newsweek.

Sunny Betz

Staff Reporter

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Sunny Betz began his career at Built In in 2019 as an SEO writer, and has since joined the editorial team as a staff reporter. He previously worked at Rookie Magazine as a staff writer covering pop culture, music, gender identity and other issues. His content has appeared in The Deli Magazine, The Hairpin and Gusher Magazine.

Jacob Biba

Staff Reporter

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Jacob Biba is a Built In staff reporter covering robotics and hardware. Prior to Built In, he worked as a freelance writer and photographer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Intercept and The New Republic. Biba has a degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina–Asheville.

Ashley Bowden

News Reporter

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Ashley Bowden joined the Built In team in 2020 covering breaking news across several markets in the tech industry. She currently focuses on the emerging Atlanta tech sector. Before her time with Built In, Ashley wrote articles with Agent Publishing and led award-winning student publication The Pioneer.

Anthony Corbo

SEO Content Specialist

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Anthony Corbo is an SEO content specialist at Built In, specializing in SEO content optimization, keyword research and content creation. He has written and been featured in content for builtin.com as well as all of Built In’s local websites. Anthony is based in Chicago and is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Additional work of Anthony’s can be found at anthonycorbo.com.

Sam Daley

Associate Product Manager

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Sam Daley is an associate product manager for growth at Built In. He joined the company in April of 2018 and is interested in tech trends in a variety of sectors, including blockchain, robotics, SEO and user acquisition.

Stephanie Drucker

Assistant Managing Editor

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Stephanie Drucker is the assistant managing editor of Built In’s editorial team. Prior to Built In, she worked at ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV) in various digital content production roles and as an Emmy Award-winning associate producer for Windy City LIVE, the station’s top-rated daytime talk show. She's also written for Warner Brothers Discovery’s award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast and has done consulting work for a variety of clients including Kindling Group, a nonprofit documentary production company based in Chicago.

Tamara El-Waylly

Associate Editor

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Tamara El-Waylly is an associate editor for Built In’s features team. She previously worked at Fortune as a commentary editor & a newsletter producer, and as a United Nations reporter at The Asahi Shimbun.

Sara Freund

Associate Editor

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Sara Freund is an associate editor for the features team at Built In and joined the company in February of 2021. She previously worked as an editor and writer with work appearing in Curbed, Apartment Therapy, Wirecutter, Chicago magazine, Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ellen Glover

Senior Staff Reporter

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Ellen Glover is a senior staff reporter for Built In. She joined the company in 2019 and reports and writes features primarily on product and design + UX. Her work has also appeared in the Marshall Project, USA Today, the Chicago Reader, the Daily Beast, iHeartRadio and WNYC.

Nick Jackson

Senior Director of Editorial

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Nick Jackson is the senior director of editorial for Built In. He joined the company in 2020 and oversees the editorial content team, which reports and writes news, features and other forms of editorial designed to instruct, inform and inspire technology professionals who visit our local market sites and BuiltIn.com. He previously worked as the editor-in-chief of Pacific Standard, the digital editorial director at Outside and as an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he launched the magazine’s health, technology and science coverage areas.

Ryan Jacobs

Director of Editorial Operations

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Ryan Jacobs is the director of editorial operations at Built In. He joined the company in 2020 and leads the expert contributor team, which publishes dispatches and commentary written by working technology professionals. He previously worked as the deputy editor of Pacific Standard and as a writer and producer at The Atlantic, where he covered international affairs and crime. His debut narrative nonfiction book, The Truffle Underground, was published by Clarkson Potter/Random House in 2019.

Alexandria Jacobson

Staff Reporter

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Alexandria Jacobson is a staff reporter for Built In. She joined the company in 2021 and covers internal operations at tech companies for the features team. Her work has been published by various outlets including ABC News, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Reporter, StreetWise Magazine, Social Justice News Nexus, The Lens and more. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and has taught journalism for community outreach programs at the school.

Dawn Kawamoto

Staff Reporter

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Dawn Kawamoto is a staff reporter for Built In. She joined the company in July of 2021 and covers tech careers and hiring advice. She previously worked at CNET’s News.com, Dice.com and the San Francisco Business Times. Her work has also appeared in TheStreet.com, Motley Fool, and Aol DailyFinance.

Hal Koss

Associate Editor

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Hal Koss is an associate editor and leads Built In’s Updates & Optimization team. He joined the company in 2019 as a staff reporter covering ideas and trends in marketing, technology and startups.

Brian Nordli

Senior Staff Reporter

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Brian Nordli is a senior staff reporter for Built In. He joined the company in 2018. His work has appeared in PBS’s Rewire, the Las Vegas Sun and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Miranda Perez

News Reporter

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Miranda Perez is news reporter at Built In covering the latest startup news in Boston and New York City. Prior to joining Built In, Miranda covered VC firms and startups at Business Insider and Boston Inno. She has also appeared in MSNBC, The Nation, Poynter and more.

Jessica Powers

Updates Reporter

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Jessica Powers is an updates reporter for Built In and joined the company in 2022. She is also a freelance copy editor for Haymarket Books, and her work has appeared in gb&d Magazine, neighborhoods.com and 55places.com.

Andreas Rekdal

Senior Editor

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Andreas Rekdal is a senior editor for Built In. He joined the company in 2015 and is currently overseeing teams producing features, skills/professional development content, and tech explainers across engineering, data science, UX design, sales and marketing.

Charli Renken

News Reporter

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Charli Renken started at the company in 2021 and covers tech news in the D.C. metro area and other emerging markets. In addition to their work at Built In, they volunteer as a writer and resource coordinator for Fandom Forward, a nonprofit that uses pop culture to teach social justice. Their work has appeared in various publications including Block Club Chicago, Secret Chicago, Wizards in Space, The Jackalope, Hush Comics, and the Denver Post.

Cassidy Ritter

Senior Associate Editor

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Cassidy Ritter is a senior associate editor for Built In’s news team. She joined the company in 2021 covering breaking news in Colorado and Austin, Texas. Prior to Built In, her work has appeared in various publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia, including American City Business Journals and 5280 Magazine. Cassidy is also a graduate of the University of Kansas.

Abel Rodriguez

News Reporter

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Abel Rodriguez is a news reporter who joined the company in 2021. Abel covers breaking news in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro and other emerging markets. Prior to Built In, he was a community reporter for Cicero Independiente and his work has appeared in various Chicago nonprofit newsrooms including Injustice Watch and Borderless.

Jenna Routenberg

Associate Editor

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Jenna Routenberg is an associate editor with Built In’s Expert Contributor Network. She joined the company in 2021 and brings a breadth of experience to her role, including technical editing in the mining industry, academic and nonfiction editing for scholarly works on fields ranging from early American studies to environmental economics, and fiction editing with The Chicago Review. She primarily sources and publishes original work with a special focus on the intersection of tech and humanism.

Jacob Rubalcava

Web Producer

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Jacob Rubalcava is a web producer who joined the company in 2021. Jacob works closely with the editorial features team to produce stories that help unite tech talent and the tech industry.

Jeff Rumage

News Reporter

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Jeff Rumage is a news reporter covering tech companies in Austin and Colorado. Before joining Built In in 2021, he worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Patch and other Wisconsin newspapers.

Alyssa Schroer

SEO Content Strategist

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Alyssa Schroer is an SEO content strategist for Built In. Since joining the company in 2016, she has written articles covering a wide range of topics within the tech industry.

David Short

Contributing Reporter

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David Short is a Built In contributing reporter covering the technology industry. Before joining Built In in 2022, he worked at Community Impact Newspaper as well as other Texas newspapers and TV stations.

Sara B.T. Thiel

Associate Editor

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Sara Thiel licenses book excerpts and other publications for Built In’s Expert Contributor Network. She joined the company in 2021, having previously worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s award-winning education department. Sara holds a Ph.D. in theater studies and has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois. Her monograph, Performing Pregnancy on the Early Modern Stage, 1603-1642, is under contract with Routledge.

Matthew Urwin

Updates Writer

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Matthew Urwin is an updates writer for Built In. He joined the company in 2021 as an SEO writer, and he has written for The HOTH, BKA Content and Cox Automotive, covering solar energy, auto repairs, business technology and other topics.

Rose Velazquez

Updates Reporter

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Rose Velazquez is an updates reporter for Built In and joined the company in 2022. She previously worked as a reporter for Delmarva Now covering crime, breaking news and justice-related issues. She studied mass communication with a concentration in journalism at Louisiana State University, where she served as a reporter and editor for the student newspaper The Daily Reveille.

Brennan Whitfield

Updates Writer

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Brennan Whitfield is an updates writer for Built In. She joined the company in 2022 and edits and expands upon existing stories written by the editorial team.

Seth Wilson

Senior Associate Editor

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Seth Wilson is a senior associate editor for Built In’s Expert Contributor Network. He joined the company in 2020, having previously worked for Music Inc. and the national magazine of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. He has taught courses in writing, theatre and film at Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Georgia and the University of Illinois.