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malcolm harris
City Life

Malcolm Harris on Abatements, Developer Extortion, and Philadelphia’s Role in the Revolution

The Rundown Age: 31 CV, abridged: Editor, The New Inquiry (2011-present); author, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials (2017); coordinator, Philly […]

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City Life

Sheer Mag Singer Tina Halladay on Owning Your Masters and Getting Stiffed by Spotify

The Rundown Age: 34 CV, abridged: Lead singer of Sheer Mag (2014-present); singer, Mohawktown (2013-2016); B.A., liberal arts, SUNY Purchase (2004-2008). Latest record: A Distant […]

kacen callender
City Life

YA Author Kacen Callender on Transgender Characters and Writing for Teens

The Rundown Age: 30 CV, abridged: Editoral staffer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2014-’18); three-time Kirkus starred author; winner, Stonewall Book Award, for middle-grade […]

jared solomon
City Life

The Northeast State Rep Who Thinks Democrats and Republicans Can Actually Get Along

The Rundown Age: 40 CV, abridged: President and founder, Northeast Philly civic group Take Back Your Neighborhood (2008-2016); state rep, 202nd Legislative District (2016-present). Big […]

Tiona Nekkia McClodden
City Life

Experimental Filmmaker Tiona Nekkia McClodden Doesn’t Care If You Miss the Point

The Rundown Age: 38 CV, abridged: Pew Fellow (2016); Guggenheim Fellow (2019); fellow in art and activism, Bard College (2018-’19); works exhibited at the Museum […]

Smokin’ Joe Frazier
City Life

Forget Rocky: Biographer Mark Kram Jr. on Philly’s Real Boxing Hero, Smokin’ Joe Frazier

The Rundown Age: 62 CV, abridged: Senior writer, Philadelphia Daily News (1987-2013); panelist, Comcast SportsNet’s Daily News Live (1999-2012); winner, PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports […]

chasing cosby
City Life

Investigative Journalist Nicole Weisensee Egan on Chronicling Bill Cosby’s Fall

The Rundown Age: 51 CV, abridged: Washington, D.C., correspondent and crime reporter, Philadelphia Daily News (1992-2005); senior writer, People (2005-2017); adjunct journalism professor, Temple’s Klein […]

marc lamont hill
City Life

Temple Professor and Cultural Lightning Rod Marc Lamont Hill on Being a Dissenting Voice

The Rundown Age: 40 CV, abridged: Professor, Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication; author, four books, including New York Times best-selling Nobody; columnist, Daily […]

P is for Pterodactyl
City Life

Meet Raj Haldar, the South Philly Rapper Who Co-Wrote a Delightfully Confusing Children’s Book

The Rundown Age: 37 CV, Rap: Releases albums under the names Lushlife and the Skull Eclipses; produced resistance-oriented compilation My Idols Are Dead + My […]

City Life

Raquel Salas Rivera on Identity, Footnotes, and the Difference Between a Philadelphian and an American

The Rundown Age: 33 CV, abridged: Current Philadelphia poet laureate; co-organizer of We (Too) Are Philly poetry festival; author of five books of poems; longlisted […]

City Life

Jeff Guaracino Takes the Reins at Visit Philly

The Rundown Age: 45 CV, abridged: Communications, Visit Philadelphia (2001-’12); strategy and communications, then executive director, Atlantic City Alliance (2012-’15); CEO, Welcome America (2016-’18); author […]

City Life

Kurt Vile Loves His Country

The Rundown Age: 38 Occupation: Singer, songwriter, guitarist, occasional comedian. Notable gigs: Coachella, Bonnaroo, Portlandia, HBO’s Animals, Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Honors: Philly’s Liberty Bell […]

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City Life

Stephen Fried on Our Other Big Ben

The Rundown Age: 60 CV, abridged: Editor in chief, Philadelphia (1999–2000); two-time National Magazine Award winner; lecturer, University of Pennsylvania; author of seven books. Latest […]

City Life

Eagles Legend Brian Dawkins on Joining the Hall of Fame and Finally Getting His Ring

The Rundown CV, abridged: 16 NFL seasons, 13 as the Eagles’ starting free safety; nine-time Pro Bowler; two years as an Eagles football operations executive; […]

City Life

Obama Stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein on Life in the White House

The Rundown Age: 32 CV, abridged: White House stenographer under presidents Obama and Trump (2012-’17); high-school English teacher in Hightstown, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and […]