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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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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 […]


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; […]


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 […]


Stuck in the Middle With Michael Smerconish

The Rundown Age: 56 CV, abridged: Host, The Michael Smerconish Program, weekdays on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel; host, Smerconish, Saturdays on CNN; Inquirer Sunday columnist; former […]


Catherine Price’s Modest Proposal: Dump Your Smartphone

The Rundown Age: 39 CV, abridged: Philly freelance science journalist published in The Best American Science Writing, the New York Times and Slate, among others. […]


Helen Gym on Championing Philly Public Schools and What’s Next

The Rundown Age: 50 CV, abridged: Philly’s first Asian-American City Councilwoman (2016-present); Cesar Chavez Champion of Change (2014); national vice chair of Local Progress (2017-present); […]


Why Michael Nutter Thinks He Had the Best Job in Politics

The Rundown Age: 60 CV: 4th District City Councilman (1992-2006); 98th Mayor of Philadelphia (2008-’16) List of current gigs, abridged: Pundit (CNN), professor (Columbia), fellow […]


Why Nicole Allen White Decided to Take On the Pennsylvania Society

The Rundown Age: 31 Occupation: Director of government and external affairs at the Art Museum. Side gigs: Chair of Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee; vice chair […]